During our time in the States, we've had the privilege of hosting one of our friends from Croatia. It's her first time in the U.S. so I was fascinated to find out what she would notice about the Land that "was made for you and me". Would it be how big everything is? Would she notice the cars, the billboards, the differences in the milk? Well, yes, yes, yes and yes.
But her very first observation was of how Americans build their houses. "They're so thin!" She exclaimed after knocking on the wall at a Friendly's restaurant. The comment reminded me of the Three Little Pigs. Isn't it interesting that one of the most popular stories we tell our children exhorts us to build with brick? Yet, I would guess that most houses in America are made of wood.
Croatians - and I would guess most Europeans - have heeded the advice offered by the conclusion of the story. The vast majority of houses in Croatia are made of brick and concrete and therefore have fewer fires to worry about. On the other hand, houses take years, sometimes decades to complete because of the cost of brick versus wood.