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:
– Prom dresses
– Hailing Yellow Taxi cabs
– Breakfasts involving pancakes
– Being able to say ‘I am doing it in the Fall’ (sigh)
– 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
– 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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