The period of adjustment may take weeks, months or even years. For some who can not let go maybe never. Our family moved from one country to another: different language, different foods, different laws, different culture. No money to speak of - we actually owed our sponsor $10,000 in 1957 to sponsor us to the US - had to pay all that off before moving away from a God forsaken part of the desert to a metropolitan so my siblings and I can get an education. A few friends. No family. All we had was hope, hope for the future and the willingness to work. That was enough. Seven days after we landed in San Francisco, we took a train to our nowhere destination, arriving at 3 am. I saw my first real-life American Indian with a feather in his hat. I ran screaming to my mother's arms, "NO, NO. DON'T LET HIM SCALP ME!" (I had only seen the Hollywood version in the movies).
ANYONE CAN MAKE IT:
THANK YOU USA. Despite of the downturn in our economy, we (the USA) still have the greatest number of opportunities for success. I have traveled cross country a number of times - I have not found a state/city without something special - even ones without the gift of natural beauty (such as Coastal CA, Hawaii, Wyoming) - or without the vibrancy of commerce (New York, Chicago, Boston). If you have to move to a new place. Don't make yourself into a stranger in a strange land. Embrace the difference. Our sailors have this incredible opportunity as part of their job. Let them discover the world out there. Let their enjoy their travels away from home. Imagine - going to new place while getting paid for the privilege. Maybe their new perspectives will also broaden your horizons.
FAKE POLITENESS VS GENUINE RUDENESS (let's have some fun with this):
Your opinion please? Which city best exemplifies the following: Fake Politeness, Genuine Rudeness, Fake Rudeness, Genuine Politeness? Submit your entries.
Fake Politeness - Los Angeles, CA
Genuine Rudeness - Boston, MA
Fake Rudeness - Honolulu, HI
Genuine Politeness - Salt Lake City, UT
Please feel free to comment on anything you like. After all it's just a blog!
P.S. @Proud Mom of J.R. (sandy), drop in more often. Merry Xmas.