An Au Pair First: A Pig Roast

With three Au Pairs, a retired Latin teacher and myself, an English teacher, at least five languages were spoken at our pig roast and picnic!

As I have learned over the years, Au Pair schedules are just as crazy as mine and sometimes that requires a bit of patience and often rescheduling. Our original plan was to have dinner by Greenwich Cove at Finn’s Harborside, but only one Au Pair could attend. My family and I kept our reservations, though, and enjoyed the fresh air, warm weather and scenery at the marina last Sunday. Three out of four Au Pairs could attend this time! Even one Host Mom (who drove her Au Pair to my house) stayed with her son to see our cows, watch the men play horseshoes and, of course, eat some munchkins and punch.

I invited the girls to my home for an old-fashioned pig roast and family picnic we hold each year. Go Au Pair Providence cluster enjoyed an afternoon of warm fall weather and fellowship over food! Besides fresh pork, we ate baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, tossed salad, fruit salad, plus no-bake cookies, pumpkin rolls, apple squares, brownies, apple cake and apple turnovers for dessert! The leaves are just starting to turn colors here in Rhode Island, so the view of the trees around my yard and small pond was even more lovely as we shared lunch, enjoyed the weather and conversation.

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My husband and I have a small farm in the northwestern corner of Rhode Island where we raise our own pigs, cows and chickens (just for the eggs). We also have a large garden and preserve some of our products to use all year round, including tomatoes for sauce, strawberries for jam, green and wax beans, carrots and pickling cucumbers. We also keep potatoes, turnip and squash for as long as we can. Each of us come from families who value time spent together with extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We try to invite family and friends over in the fall to share in the bounty and also to renew friendships and sustain relationships from year to year. It was enjoyable to share that with some of the Au Pairs this year, as it was the first time seeing such a spectacle as this, American-style.

Our French Au Pair, Aude, has been to pig roasts in France. She commented that my house and yard were, “very American,” with our flags flying, spacious yard and open home. Here is what she had to say about the day:

“I had a really nice time! It was more than a simple au pair event because Joan invited us among her family and her friends. The place was beautiful and we were warmly welcomed! It was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet people, talk with them about everything but mostly about our differents cultures. Thanks again Joan"

Xumeng, Steffi to her American friends, had fun too,

It's very interesting! It was my first party since I came to America. I met friends from many different countries and I learned about the cultures of different countries! These food taste very delicious. I spent a nice day!😄”

Au Pairs are required to attend four cultural or social events each year, as part of the cultural exchange component as well as the supervision and contact with a person from the sponsoring agency, Go Au Pair. Families need to attend at least one family event hosted by their Local Area Representative (LAR) - that’s me. I enjoy having families meet each other and bond over their shared experiences hosting international visitors through the Au Pair Program. Keep an eye out for our next event, or join us there, at the Glocester Scarecrow Festival in October!


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