Thursday, 8 July 2010
Of things American
Having settled in for our prolonged visit, a feeling encountered on our last visit has already raised its head,the feeling being isolation. In the last few years We have spent about 2 years in total here and the grand total of American acquaintances...Zero. Now there may be many factors combining to produce this poor result ,my character being one of the major no doubt(highly likely) but I still feel something is missing that I can't quite pin down. Mrs OTW spends time every week with a group of yummy mummies and yet the only one of them she has formed any friendship with is...an English ex pat! and Mrs OTW does not have the same twisted personality I carry with me ( a theme here perhaps). Exposure to Americans and their culture over the years led me to believe that there were many similarities between the two nations I live in that would cause common ground to act as a bridge but time has shown just how foreign I am...much to my dismay. It is not as if I don't embrace many American pass times and loves, NFL,guns,cars,burgers, you name it...I love it. Family OTW are still considering moving to America on a permanent basis at some point but the thoughts of isolation and the knowledge that I am irredeemably English is proving food for thought...what to do? well enjoying this glorious Californian summer would be a start I suppose.