Things I like about America

My time in the US of A is winding to a close. It has been the longest I have been in my country since 2006. I have been grateful for a much needed sabbatical. It is time to return to Europe. Before I go, I thought I’d leave you with 


Sitting in an airport with free wireless (why don’t they all do this?!) I thought I would leave you with my American loves. 

1.) My nephews. Okay this is not really a particular American thing. But they are American and I love them and only get to see them here! They are awesome. I love their giggles, their smiles, their games. They have been my gym since I have been here with demands to be thrown, swung, picked up, bench pressed etc every day. MY NEPHEWS ARE AWESOME. For example.. my 22 month old nephew yesterday made me read him his book.. and as he tried to say new words, as he got them right – HE would turn to me to hi-five me! His tiny lil hand. Loved it. He is officially American. Hi fiv-ing from infancy! 

2.) Customer service. Okay all Americans who I have been overseas have ranted about customer service in other countries (Oh UK you are not devoid of this problem!) I bought a shirt a month or so ago. Washed it. It started discolouring. I thought about taking it back but couldn’t be hastled. Well a month on it’s gotten a bit worse and it really started to bug me. 

I did not have the receipt anymore and have worn it and washed it a couple times. 

I took it back to the store. Told them the truth… no receipt.. it has been getting progressively discoloured, I have worn and washed it more than once etc. They exchanged it and gave me a new one no questions asked. It’s not just customer service. It’s above and beyond. But it means I will continue to shop at that store rather than one that didn’t treat me so generously well. 

3.) The generosity of my church. The Christians in my home church are some of the most generous giving sacrificial people I have met who live out the gospel wherever they are. I have seen this in Christians in other parts of the world too but not compared to my home church. 

4.) Mexican food. Need I say more. I think Mexicans need to move to England to open a restaurant. They’d make a killing. 

5.) The sun. Okay so I am melting and actually looking forward to the 56* F it is in Newcastle so I can actually start running outdoors again. But I am probably massively vitamin D deficient and I think the sun this spring helped. 

6.) Thunderstorms. Rip roaring crashing thunder storms are incredible over here. 

7.) Optimism. 

8.) Friendliness (Okay so it freaked me out for awhile that total strangers would say hi as you walked down the street.. but after awhile it grows on you and is kinda endearing. I also stopped being mortified as my dad walked down the street saying hi to people)

9.) Ice cream. Europe is much better for chocolate. The USA is much better for ice cream. Even generic ice cream is better. 

10.)  Problem solving. This is one of the things I have never ceased to culture shock with in Britain. The USA seems to have more people willing to look outside the box for a solution if there is a problem rather than having a wrote answer and if it doesn’t fit that saying they can’t help you. I like independent thinking, outside the box thinking, and problem solving very much and think most things in the world should have a solution. 

11.) Being able to disagree loudly and having the freedom to do so. Do we Americans ever appreciate how good we have it? I hate election years. I hate the faulty rhetoric, the mud slinging, the straw man arguments, the masses who follow the straw man arguments. I dislike how obnoxious some vocal characters are. But I appreciate that we all have the freedom to be as obnoxious and vocal as we want about our politics and no one is going to put us in jail. The next time you are angry with the rhetoric from the other side, look at Syria and be grateful we all have the ability to be as vocal as we want. Perspective. I’d rather annoying people I disagree with then none of us have a right to disagree in the first place. 

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