I’m a P&G brat

Children of P&G employees constitute own culture…

Megan McCormack | Staff Writer

Photo art by Jami Bechard

 

Because of the headquarters of Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati and the P&G business center in Mason, some students whose parents work at P&G are part of a network of “P&G Brats” because they’re constantly moving, according to junior Monica Lynde.

Monica said she has lived in three different countries due to her father’s job at P&G, including England and Belgium.

Junior Maria Hurtado said she lived in four different countries, including the United States, Mexico, Germany and Chile.

Monica said that her life as a “P&G Brat” is comparable to the lifestyle of a Military Brat because of her dads transient job, just as an Army Brat has to move for a parent in the military.

“I’m a part of my dad’s family, so wherever he’s going, he’s going to take [his family],” Monica said. “It’s just something you have to do even if you don’t want to leave your friends.”

Senior Stephan McMillan, who said he lived in Japan because of his mom’s job at P&G, said that the connections he has made in Japan have blossomed.

“A lot of my friends’…parents work for P&G,” McMillan said. “Since I lived in Japan, everybody [from P&G] that moved back from Japan [has] parties with [the other families] since the relationship we had with them [is strong] and we’ve known them for so long.”

Monica said that being a “P&G Brat” makes her more connected to students who have lived in the same places as her.

“You feel a connection with people who’ve had the same  experiences as you,” Monica said. “[I feel] especially [connected to people who have lived] in Europe[because] a lot of people here don’t  understand what that’s like. But when you meet people [who have], you have this connection and you can really relate to them.”

Monica’s father, Kent Lynde, who works for P&G, said he views the friendships built from moving as very deeply-rooted.

“The connections [made with others] are going to be very strong,” Kent said. “You’re thrown together from all parts of the world into this somewhat artificial community because none of you are in your native land.”

According to Kent, these relationships become more familial rather than just a friendship.

“You need each other to…get through the experience, share tips on how to survive, help each other and that becomes almost like a family,” Kent said. “And so those friendships are formed much faster and really deeper because your experience is very memorable.”

Monica said that the friendships she made will last for a long time even though she didn’t live in Belgium long.

“Even though I was [in Belgium] for a short amount of time, …[I] still [built] these really strong connections,” Monica said. “Because [I was] in this foreign country and these [were] basically the only people that [spoke] English so [I became] really bonded with them.”

Monica said she feels more culturally aware because of the global atmosphere of P&G.

“[Europe] is just a completely different culture,” Monica said. “It’s cool to experience the…life that the teens there live. …It’s a really good thing to have in life because I’m more aware of different people and it’s easier to adapt [to new situations].”

According to McMillan, moving because of P&G has been more of a positive than anything because of all the unique friendships he has made.

“I’ve met incredible people and done so many cool things already,” McMillan said. “So, [moving has been] more of a blessing than anything else.”