Thursday, August 05, 2010

God bless America

Here are some aspects of life in America that I am positively relishing since we've been back.

1. The grocery stores. I always look forward to the first time back after a trip abroad because it is so overwhelming. Grocery stores here are so big, so clean, and do not smell like rotten meat. Glorious.

2. Having a car. Not to be a snob - and remember, I have lived without a car in the States for a few months in 2004 as well as the entire summer in Middlebury - but I do appreciate being able to strap my kids in my own personal car to get to where I need to go. No wrestling with them in the back of a hot, smoky, rip-off-y taxi with Koranic recitations blaring over the cassette tape player. Just the girls sitting quietly and restrained and enjoying a little Pinback with me.

3. The general state of order and calm. I do love a good, healthy sense of bustle about a place but on the other hand, it's nice to have things like lines, consistent opening hours, crosswalks and crosswalk signals, traffic lanes, lulls in said traffic, etc.

4. The familiar food. I always find ways to adjust when overseas but there's nothing like going to the store and being able to just buy a big block of cheddar cheese already. And not have to pay 10 dollars for it.

5. My kids are nothing special. This is kind of a strange one, I guess, but it is a relief to not have to prepare my kids psychologically before every outing. I noticed the difference as soon as we were in London - no one was staring at us or trying to touch my girls' hair. (Except for that Saudi family in London who gave my kids candy and then tried to take cell phone pictures of them. Not so much cool.)

Thank you, America, for these wonderful things. Amen.

8 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

Amen. The non-stinky grocery stores are such a huge blessing. I also love being able to eavesdrop easily (not my best trait, but still) and understanding everything that's going on around me, especially after being in countries where I'm not entirely fluent in the language. It just makes me feel more comfortable.

Katie said...

Yes! I remember when we got back from Jordan, I couldn't believe how CLEAN everything was. Especially the pristine streets. No litter!
Welcome home!

Sherwood family said...

I'm right there with you, Bridget. It's like being back on Earth after spending some time on the Moon - no spacesuit needed for leaving home.

Jennifer said...

Wow, makes me realize how much I take for granted. :)

Are you selling your car before you leave for Dubai?

Bridget said...

Yes, we are selling it, once we get to Oregon in early September. I am so sad to sell it so I really hope I like the person who buys it.

Susanne said...

Cute post! I hope you will have good grocery stories and be able to drive in your new home. I'm sure your kids will always draw attention though. My uncle was a missionary in the Ivory Coast and his blond daughter was always an attraction for the locals. I remember they left the mission field when Jennifer started getting too much unwanted attention as she hit puberty. Hopefully your girls won't have that problem.

Good luck on finding affordable cheddar cheese in UAE! :)

Kat Clark said...

That last little bit, the amen part, funny. Seriously funny. I don't know why but I guess it was the perfect way to sum it all up. :)

Good luck lady. That's all I can say because limbo is so hard and you are handling it like a champ.

P.s.
I'll just go ahead and volunteer Michael for this but if one of you gets something like strep throat or needs an anti-biotic you can call us. All he has to do is call it in to a Walgreens. He can't make it cheap but at least you could skip the expense of an Urgent Care or the doctors office. Hope that helps a tiny bit.

Bridget said...

Kat, you are so nice. Hopefully we won't need to do that because guess what? We totally bought some antibiotics in Egypt (where you don't need a prescription) and brought them back to the US with us. Just in case. But if anything does happen I'll bother you this time instead of Lili :).

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