It’s been a month since we’ve been back together and I have to say, you definitely have some qualities that make life so much better. First, the English – do you have any idea the kind of freedom it is to not even a second’s thought to how to say something? It’s such a change – and practically blissful. And then there’s the matter of air conditioning – sweet, sweet air conditioning. You have it everywhere and I revel in its ubiquitous presence. I also now re-embrace one of your most active ambassadors, Starbucks. I always felt a twinge of guilt visiting your foreign locations – I should be sitting at a cafe!! my head would ring, but here? It’s on. Probably one of the best things, America, – and you know what’s coming- is that you hold nearly every single one of my favorite people. With you, I get them – it’s a sweet deal. You also have a plethora of barbecue, Tex Mex, slurpees, free re-fills and customer service. I get to zoom down your highways and participate in the national past-time of believing in the damn near impossible.
Living abroad opened my eyes to just how easily I get to move around the world because you’re stamped on the front of my passport. I don’t think a lot of people realize the carte blanche it is being an American and slipping freely around the world. Our distance the last year and a half also showed me how wacky and sometimes amazingly egotistical you are. Getting to see you from another part of the world’s eyes is a perspective that I don’t ever want to lose. Yet when it comes to the end, you’re you and you’re my homeland. You let me grow up to think what I want, believe what I want and dream big – key elements to how I’ve become who I am. You also let me leave to see what else is out there and then allowed me back – thanks for that. And as for our next chapter together? Who knows where it will be…but until then,
*Photo by Piero Sierra