Today marks a major milestone – on this day 5 years ago we entered the US with some random possessions, that we apparently couldn’t trust to the shipping container, piled on an airport trolley with a sleeping boy balanced on top
My two entries on Facebook read:
Bye bye uk for a while… We are hitting business class today plus checking in 8 bags and car seat. Do you think we’ll be the most popular family on the flight?! Thanks to everyone for your wishes, we’ll miss you! Come and see us soon x
well we’ve landed… shattered and waiting at the hotel for take-away! Thanks again all, and watch this space! Love Em, G and Seb (sleeping soundly) xxx
I remember how different life felt at first, from going to the doctor to walking the dog. I still think that more culture shock is experienced in a supermarket than anywhere else. During those first few months I compared life in the US constantly to back in the UK and was horribly homesick for my lovely life, friends and family left behind.
Life is good now though. Five years and three states later, we live in a great place and have built up some amazing friendships over here that have helped us through some difficult times. Our boy identifies himself as “half-English, half-Scottish and half-American”. Despite some amazing holidays, I do still feel we have only scratched the surface of this hugely, complicated and welcoming country and am still wanting to get to know it better.
Of course we still miss what we left behind and I feel a long way away, but I do feel more at home here now. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember where I first encountered a song, a sweet or a particular shop, or how one should behave at a roundabout.
When we have visitors we are able to spend quality time with them – something that has bought me closer to those that are able to travel and stay with us. It is always sad when they go home, but staying in touch is definitely easier and it is always reassuring to hear what is happening back home.
Sometimes I feels I do still have moments of culture shock – but these days it is likely to be back in Sainsbury’s rather than in Giant or CVS.
Thanks all to sticking with me over the past five years and raising a glass to the next five!