As a British ex-pat, there are many things I miss about the UK. But I love living here in the US, too.
Today, I write a list of things I appreciate about America from my perspective of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Ten Things I Love About America
1. The weather.
2. Something for everyone. Want a chiropractor for your dog? You got it.
3. Bigger houses. There’s simply more space everywhere.
4. Libraries. I can renew online, search online and get books brought to my local library for me from about fifteen other libraries. It is the coolest thing.
5. The directness. We Brits are polite. This politeness overrides our personal preferences often. We tend to invite people to things out of politeness; we go to things we’re invited to out of politeness. So we end up going to things we don’t really want to go to, invited by people who don’t really want us there. It all gets rather exhausting. Americans don’t do that.
6. Can-do and big, success-oriented attitudes. Having my kids grow up around these attitudes is probably the single biggest compensation for not having grandparents, aunts and uncles living close by. If you want to do it, you can. Other people will be your cheerleaders. You can aim to earn as much as you like and be applauded for your dreams. And you get sympathy if things don’t go to plan.
7. Cupcakes. Specifically the frosting. Whoever invented that stuff should be shot at dawn.
8. Opportunities for everyone. Want to be a dental hygienist for three-legged chihuahua’s? You can do that!
9. Chocolate-covered blueberries. If the chocolate was Cadbury’s they would be even better.
10. The weather. Again.
So there you have it. My take on the Land of Golden Plenty. What have I missed? What do you love about America? Let me know in the comments, baby! 🙂
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