Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 158

The pools

This week we are mostly at the pools. It is very much like being on our holibobs, except there is no cocktail bar. This is sad.

I do wonder if any of the Howard County ‘moms’ secretly place wine/vodka/beer in those drinks receptacles to while away a few hours watching the kids splash endlessly about. I see no evidence of this as not one of those moms dive bombs in the pool, streaks across the diving board or attempts a nudey handstand around 5pm. They are totally sober, I guarantee it.

And of course, why would they want to break the rules? The rules are the rules, are they not? ๐Ÿ˜‰

No naked handstands in this pool :)

No naked handstands in this pool ๐Ÿ™‚

4th July

And lo, the 4th of July / Independence Day is nearly upon us. What does this mean for us, the Brits, out here?

A British friend of mine, who has lived out here for 17 years, and who wishes to remain anonymous (!), had this to say about being a Brit in the USA:

“I love most things about this country – I wouldn’t have stayed out here for as long as I have if I didn’t – and our lifestyle is great, but when it turns to 4th July I always feel a bit awkward, like we’ve returned to the days of the Empire.

“Americans generally like the British, but when my neighbours are celebrating their independence from us, I tend to wonder what it’s really all about. We have a wonderful relationship with them, but it feels a bit like we are intruding and we feel like we should stay indoors for most of the day, although to be fair the celebrations are so fantastic, we really want to be part of them.

“It’s an interesting dichotomy being a Brit on 4th July.”

I am looking forward to the celebrations very much – fireworks, parades and another excuse to eat, drink and socialise with my American chums. Marvellous stuff, as we Brits say! I’ll be outside celebrating too!

Hoorah for 4th July shenanigans!

Hoorah for 4th July shenanigans!

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20 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 158

  1. Robin says:

    Absolutely do NOT stay indoors. Come out! Celebrate with us! It’s really just another reason for Americans to have a party! xoxo

  2. LOL, now I’m totally thinking about putting a little vodka in my iced tea next time we’re at the pool! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Josie says:

    Do you celebrate your birthday as you’re separation from your mother? No! It’s just your birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ The 4th of July is just our country’s birthday. I’ve never once experienced ill will towards the UK on the 4th. Please! Celebrate with us!

  4. jlcasto says:

    Do you celebrate your birthday as youโ€™re separation from your mother? No! Itโ€™s just your birthday The 4th of July is just our countryโ€™s birthday. Iโ€™ve never once experienced ill will towards the UK on the 4th. Please! Celebrate with us

  5. jlcasto says:

    Ack, I had a grammar fail…would you please edit my comment that’s awaiting moderation to say your instead of you’re! Long day…

  6. salpal1 says:

    It’s like celebrating your majority – you still have a family, but you are also independent. (Perhaps if King Geo III hadn’t been such an unreasonable father, we would still be part of the UK. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  7. Cindy H says:

    You should bring the kiddo to the old fashioned games in C’ville in the morning. Bring water to drink! http://catonsvillecelebrations.org/schedule-of-events/

  8. Sally says:

    We have a weekly routine of poolside cocktails on Friday evening. We must use plastic cups, but cocktails taste good no matter the delivery system!
    I’m sure your pool permits poolside imbibing so long as it is not in glass containers, no?

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