Happy Un-niversary!

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Yesterday, exactly eight years ago (EIGHT YEARS... allow a moment to let that sink in, please!), I stumbled off an aeroplane*, sans luggage, a la refugee, and into the welcoming (albeit slightly chilly on that November 1996 day) arms of America.

Okay, the part about being sans luggage wasn't exactly my doing (even though, sadly, the part about me looking like a refugee WAS all my doing!). I wish I COULD travel that light, but alas, my purse alone contains everything from a casket to a needle and anything in between WITH PLENTY OF ROOM LEFTOVER for all the how-to books I purchase on a daily weekly monthly basis.

No, the luggage was lost courtesy of several British Scareways baggage handlers at Heathrow (for once losing something wasn't my fault) and thus I ended up spending my first night in the United States very sexily in...

... my freckles.

AND, ye dirty minded beasts, a floral flannel granny-like get-up dating from the Victorian era and graciously loaned to me by my hostess.

Anyway, so happy eight-year (and one day) anniversary to me! Even though I am a day late and a few dollars short, as per usual.

You see, I was just so overcome with emotion yesterday that I couldn't write a word or even speak... of course, on the bright side, that latter affliction had the boy believing he was right in the middle of Heaven, or wherever else peace and quiet reign supreme.

So, dear United States and Americans: Over these past eight years you’ve all been incredibly kind to me – even if you were also at times slightly puzzled by me – and for that I would like to thank you sincerely, from the bottom of my bleedin’ heart.

Now, how ‘bout that Green Card we’ve been so patiently waiting for these past four years? (Please?)

When you give it to me, I promise I’ll be a good, obedient citizen, and even stop barking at passers-by.

* You can take the girl out of Africa, but I’m afraid you can’t take the spelling – leftover from British Colonialism – out of the girl, even though I know that typing ‘color’ instead of “colour” could shave a good 10 wpm from my typing speed!

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kim said:

happy 8th anniversary! never regret coming? don't you miss your friends and all? i'm afraid of that if i happen to "have to" move over there with the man one day.. and the bush-situation doesn't make it any more appealing *sigh*

Cherryflava said:

Eight years....jislaik that's a fair time.
Well done...it till escapes me as to why you want to stay, but all the same.
Gooi yourself a lekker braai...with a chop, dop and a mop...and you're laughing.

Helen said:

Happy anniversary, sweetie! Ironically, my 5th anniversary of LEAVING said grand and glorious shores is coming up the end of the month.

So, as a gift-I hearby swear that if you are ever deprived of your luggage by British Airways (whom are, actually my favorite airline, as they just openly hate you instead of pretending to like you like the other airlines do), then I will mail you a pair of clean new knickers and some BeneTint.

Anything I can do to help.

pylorns said:

why did you come here?

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  • pylorns : why did you come here?... [go]
  • Helen : Happy anniversary, sweetie! Ironically, my 5th anniversary of LEAVING said grand and glorious shore... [go]
  • Cherryflava : Eight years....jislaik that's a fair time. Well done...it till escapes me as to why you want to stay... [go]
  • kim : happy 8th anniversary! never regret coming? don't you miss your friends and all? i'm afraid of that ... [go]
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