Sunbathing in the USA
It’s 12.30pm. It’s 95 degrees at the pool.
Everyone is in the shade or in the pool.
Except one crazy person. Yep, that’s right. Slathered in factor 100 (with coconut oil), lusting after the sun’s hot and steamy rays there lies one British expat, with salty sweat dripping in her eyes… yep, it’s me!
And why not, hey?!
Who loves the USA?
I put a shout out to my American friends to get a sense of how they feel about their country. This is Melissa’s honest and passionate response.
Melissa is also an Anglophile, and she’ll be sharing her love of the funny old Brits here soon too. Melissa writes the blog Smitten by Britain, and shares a passion of all things UK.
But she still keeps in check that the US is definitely her country, and that there is a real sense of pride in being an American citizen.
Here’s Melissa’s top five…
Why I love the USA and others should love it too!
1. The Sense of Optimism – We really are taught from a small age that we can do whatever we want and be whomever we want. Anything is possible! Maybe it’s because I grew up in this environment but I admire people who to dare to dream and then not let anyone’s opinion hold them back from achieving that dream. We tend to be a very hopeful nation, even in our darkest days, we know the sun will rise again.
2. Variety is the Spice of Life – Take your pick, the United States just about has it all geographically – beaches, mountains, deserts, plains, rolling green countryside and even frozen tundra.
3. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free – America is known as a melting pot and even though some of us believe illegal immigration has gotten out of hand, it’s still a pretty cool feeling to know that we are seen by many as the promise land.I personally dig multiculturalism and feel the influence of different ethnic groups throughout our history is one of the things that has made this country great.
4. Ingenuity – I think as far as science and technology goes, we’re pretty forward thinking. I mean, we invented the Internet right? 😉
5. Hospitality – Overall, we’re pretty darn nice and welcoming compared to many places in the world. If you’re British, Irish or Australian, you’ll win us over at “ello!” or “G-day!” Heck, you may even wind up on the cover of Howard County Magazine. 😉 And even though our customer service skills have taken a nose dive in the last couple of decades, I would still be more wiling to complain about a lousy dinner in a US restaurant than a British one.