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Children are coming back to Croatia!

Beautiful scenery in the form of mountains, sea and plains, healthy living environment, tradition and beauty that reaches the eye, ear and palatal buds may not be all that means a better life in Croatia, but the place that in the heart screams ‘HOME’ leaves little choice. Home is where our closest are, where the soul is calm and happy. Home is written under name Croatia!

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When I was a kid visits from my aunt from Germany were always eagerly awaited and some of the most exciting moments of my childhood. Every time gifts were bags full of jelly beans of all colors and shapes, chocolate we couldn’t find in our stores and Wrigley chewing gum. My uncle who lived and worked in Toronto in the summer would come to visit relatives, and he was in charge of toys – house for Barbie and Ken, Ken who under hot or cold water changes color hair and sneakers that light up when I walked. That were the times.

Even today as an adult I remember those days of genuine happiness and satisfaction, the time when we didn’t have everything, when we didn’t had most of what we have today, and we were satisfied. We were satisfied with less, or satisfaction wasn’t measured by material. Even then the earnings were better abroad so many left their familys and friends and went beyond the boundaries of our beautiful country. Reluctant but with a justified cause. Those times are repeated today. As if life cycle made full circle of 360 and we’re back to square one. However today we can buy gummy bears at every corner, but as if they aren’t the same taste, or the experience of children’s desire for sugar subsided.

Without any willingness to go into the reasons why it is still so, even though we are lying, sleeping and eating on so many sources of grace and prosperity of our country, I remind you of a fact that many people are aware of and a possibility which they think about – leaving our homeland and going to a better world. There is a great number of those who decide to leave Croatia and everything in it in order to achieve a better financial situation, a better life, but most of them in the end return. No country is as beautiful as ours, no air and water are clean as ours, food is tastier, the sea is clean, the color of blue is fascinating, people are honest, and the soul is calmer. These are just some of the statements that returnees cited as reasons for their decision to return, because here are the memories, here is the future.

Several of my friends have left all known so they could try in the promised easier life and higher profits, but the children which they soon get they decide to educate and raise in Croatia. They are returning home. For their return they receive praise and understanding, or ridicule and disapproval. As in many other situations in difficult life decisions other uninvited butt in here as anywhere else. I will not interfere, but I will be supportive, no matter what my friends decide. But when I started thinking about Croatia I realized that children here can still go alone to school without fear, that they can play on the street, they will not recognize what sounds like a pistol shot, they will see many animals without going to the zoo but at grandma on village, that with a little luck they will spend summers swimming in the beautiful Adriatic eating strawberries from the grandparents garden and playing with cousin Mark.

Then I come aware of my truth. If I went somewhere, I would be coming back right now 🙂 Beautiful scenery in the form of mountains, sea and plains, healthy living environment, tradition and beauty that reaches the eye, ear and palatal buds may not be all that means a better life in Croatia, but the place that in the heart screams ‘HOME‘ leaves little choice. Home is where our closest are, where the soul is calm and happy. Home is written under name Croatia!

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