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? 😉
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!