Happy 4th July!
We had a Celebratory Sale launch yesterday, using a very American stencil,
Friday’s blog a private peek, right?
So where’s the American connection I hear you wonder.
How does a girl from London
end up with these strong ties to the U.S?
Her daughter’s in New York,
her son’s in California…
It’s really easy: marry an American!
Ironically, their Father is a New Yorker, although we met in Germany and lived in Northern California.
Grace was born in Nürnberg,
Mark was born in Monterey.
Which implies that I moved around, right?
In fact, I lived abroad all through the ‘80s, right up to 1995!
When I left, Ena Sharples was on the Street.
When I got back, I didn’t know a soul except Ken Barlow,
and he’d met someone else!
so I gave it up!
And I wonder why both my kids live abroad!
It’s in their blood.
Having a Father in California and a Mother in England certainly broadened their horizons;
we learn what we’re taught, and my kids learned to travel.
So they do.
Mark has just completed a 4-year Business degree course in California, and has gone to Brazil for the World Cup before he comes home. Much as I would like to think
he is coming home for good, it isn’t very likely!
Crowborough or the Copacabana.
Let me think…
Well, you know what they say:
travel is the greatest form of education.
It broadens the mind.
The world is a book and those
who do not travel read only one page.
I am glad I travelled and lived in different countries for so many years when I was younger. It didn’t take away my Englishness at all, but it did make me aware of my size and significance!
I also think that living in a foreign country – being a foreigner abroad – should be mandatory!
Everybody should know how it feels to be the foreigner.
And finally, the best thing about living away from home,
is coming back!
When I lived abroad, all I ever wanted people to bring or send was PG Tips and Colemans Mustard,
Salt & Vinegar crisps and McVities Digestives!
(When Grace went back to New York on Wednesday,
her suitcase was full of crisps, too!)
But now, I’m going to go online and book a short trip…
No prizes for guessing where to….
but guess anyway!