When You Believe You Were Born in the Wrong Country #firstworldproblem #life

When You BelieveYou Were Born in the Wrong Country

I have always held the belief that I was born in the wrong country. I should have been American. My parents didn’t listen to my demands (from the womb) and brought me into the world in the UK. They had no desires to go live in America at the time I was conceived. In fact the thought had never crossed their mind.

For the record I have never been to America but I know that when I eventually do go people will ask ‘why wasn’t she born in the States?’ I know that I would have made an amazing American person.

This post is to show you all that I am still struggling with my parent’s decision. It’s taken years for me to start talking about this issue without crying.

 

So to get this off my chest here are the things that I feel I have missed out on from not being American:

– Sneakers
– Walmart
– Prom dresses
– Proms
– Yearbooks
– Hailing Yellow Taxi cabs
– Breakfasts involving pancakes
– Being able to say ‘I am doing it in the Fall’ (sigh)
– Ranches
– Being able to say ‘next semester’
– Thanksgiving Turkey dinner
– Holding onto the back of cars whilst on a skateboard (Back to the future film)
– Opening up the ‘trunk’
– Taking out trash
– Driving to school
– Living in a town where the name ends in ‘Falls’
– Wearing blazers (sleeves rolled up)

– Not being able to ‘try out’ for Cheerleading (I would have been amazing at this). This point deserves special attention.

– Not experiencing being ‘cut from the team’
– Not being able to date someone called ‘Hank’ or ‘Chet’ sigh!
– Not being able to go on a ‘drive in’ date
– Fannypacks
– Freeways (motorways over here look pretty lame)
– Being ‘super awesome’ 24-7
– Being able to shorten ‘maths’ to ‘math’
– Enter a spelling bee
– Meeting buddies at the Mall
– Have a photo covered locker at school

For noting I am going to send this list to my mother so she can understand where I am coming from on this.

So as you can see I still have a long way to go on this, may need some therapy too.

‘Have a nice day!’ (in my best, well practiced American accent).

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83 thoughts on “When You Believe You Were Born in the Wrong Country #firstworldproblem #life

  1. You should cut “Walmart” off your wish list, believe me, you’re not missing anything. Instead, you want to go to Target! That’s the place to shop:-)

  2. I agree with Tammy… Skip Walmart and go straight to Target. I loved the Sweet Valley High books growing up as well! I often feel as though I were born in the wrong country… Maybe we can trade places! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m sure if you were American Blondewritemore, you’d be ‘high on the hog’! Now that may sound like an insult, but apparently (according to my american dictionary) this means affluent or wealthy. Have a nice day now y’all….I believe that means have a nice day…

    1. Actually “y’all” refers to two or more people. It is a contraction of “you all”. One person is just you. Two or more… y’all. Now here’s where it gets tricky… if you need to specify an entire group, rather than a subset of a group, that would be “all y’all”. The possessive of y’all is y’all’s. So, to use in a sentence, “are ya’ll going home after church, or are all y’all coming to my house? Can all y’all fit in y’all’s car or do you need to ride with me?”.

      1. Up North (near Chicago) we just say “you guys.” But I sometimes use y’all and all y’all too, and my kids ask why am I so Southern, which I’m not at all, LOL.

  4. I cannot believe you wrote this! This was so awesome. You left out so many good movies though.
    Of course, I also watched Fame. The movies you listed were great, but no “Breakfast Club”, “Pretty in Pink”, “Say Anything”, “Footloose”!!
    I must stop on the movies. I’m so confused you had no access to tennis shoes. Sorry sneakers.
    Proms and Mall time are true tragedies. I would send the list.
    #sendingfriendshipbracelet
    โค
    CC

  5. Enjoyable read, I always wanted to be American, but being of incredibly mixed heritage I’m just one of those people who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. So London suits me…

  6. I’ve noticed that the English can be very jealous of the success of others and quite negative, whereas the Americans do seem to show more enthusiasm about all things creative. But not having ever travelled across the pond (or “traveled”, I mean!), and only having met Americans visiting this country, they may have been on best behaviour (behavior).
    PS I don’t think they spell proppa-like ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I know if I went to UK I’d be on my best behavior. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I would do my best to take on every accent from every county and city I could…You’d all hate it, but be too polite to tell me to stop. ha

  7. I remember I had this syndrome as a teenager. I so wanted a locker at school and to be just like the American teens on TV. I wrote so many stories where I lived vicariously through American teenagers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. If it makes you feel any better when I first “met” you online I thought you were an American. I think your accents are way cooler. You all sound so refined. And I love BBC. Wire In The Blood rocks!

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  10. But you’d miss out on all the CCTV cameras, ending every sentence with a questions (‘I’d do that, wouldn’t I?’), and understanding the meaning of the phrase ‘Bob’s my Uncle’. No, Anna. The price is too high.

  11. And it’s funny because a lot of Americans wish they were from another country! Trust me, most Americans don’t have the same experiences as everyone else. I haven’t done half the things on your list. Also your accents are so much better than our’s! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. MY mouth was opened, the entire time I read this…most of that time was spent in sincere laughter. It amazes me how we can see the grass as greener from the other side of the pond. I would have never thought you didn’t get to meet your friends at the Mall…those were good times, or try out for cheer-leading and be cut. I tried out simply to get out of English class early. Clearly my priorities were in the wrong place. You have brought me much joy with this posting. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I would love to hear your American accent by the way. I am very much intrigued. I do read your comments in my best English accent lol!

      2. Its true! LOL even when I read your emails, my inner voice goes all British lol. Truly I have what is called sympathetic accent. If I am around people with a different accent I will slowly begin to speak as they do. Its annoying but then it explains why I am a polyglot. I pick up other languages with relative ease.

  13. Loved this post. Funny how we have ideas about other countries. My mother moved to the US as a teenager (65 yrs ago) and was shocked (yes, SHOCKED) that there weren’t movie stars and cowboys on every street corner. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. I could have written this! (Well not really because I don’t have your talent :)) but I understand completely. I wore a letter jacket long before they were fashionable. You want to hear the funny thing? America was always my dream but now my brother is an American citizen!

      1. Yeah, it’s a little weird and distracting. There are other things you mentioned that I wouldn’t say are exclusively American, but I can say they’re exaggerated to those who aren’t citizens.

  15. You can always find us Americans dancing in the streets! ;D You’ll get over here soon, BlondeLucy, and then all these things will come true! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I didn’t realize there were so many differences… “Meet buddies at the Mall” are there no malls in the UK?
    Were there no school lockers?

      1. Hmmm, malls are like a giant enclosed building with tons of little stores inside, and you walk down a path that runs through the center of it. So if shopping centers are like that, then maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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