Thanks for the welcome! It has definitely been awhile since I last posted. :S
I moved to Wisconsin and am absolutely loving it. I never thought that I would feel home south of the border, but I finally do. :)
I recently made my first trip back to the Motherland and was surprised to see how much things had changed in my four year absence. It was also interesting to see how much I had changed. It was a strange feeling to be visiting my homeland as a tourist! I am looking forward to more trips back home. I have a lot of lost time to make up.
I will have to drop by your corner of the 'net to see what you have been up to lately! :D
I am glad to hear things are going so well for you. I think the hardest thing about being an expat is losing your identity, or the identity you thought you had, regarding your nationaltiy. The first time I returned to Canada for something other than Christmas holidays, all I could think was that I have been spewing how much Canada is my home, my place where I belong, and so on. Once there, I realized I didn't fit in anymore, I had changed. I was now a resident of the world and no nationality really belonged to me. I am still very proud to be Canadian, and when someone asks where I am from I don't say "Calgary" I say Canada.
Part of my heart will always be there, but I have found homes globally.
I completely understand what you are saying, Bethanie. :)
When I left the US for Canada, I was so excited to be going "home". Once I got "home", however, I realized that my home was now south of the border. That was the first time that I realized that I don't really belong anywhere. When I am in the US, there are things that set me apart as not being "from here" and when I am in Canada, there are things that set me apart as not being "from there". As you so eloquently stated, it really does create a bit of an identity crisis.
When I first left Canada, I had no idea how much my own sense of identity would be challenged. It is amazing just how much I have learned about culture and that sense of belonging in four years abroad. You are right. We truly have become citizens of the world!
Hey, welcome home! Your blog is always your home, wherever your geographical home might be.
I think I owe you email. Things have been super crazy for us in the past six months or so. Maybe even longer. But, we still think about you often, and keep you on our blogrolls, hoping for your return. And see, it worked!
Leigh-Ann has often mentioned that she no longer feels like she belongs anywhere. She'll be going back home fairly soon, after, I dunno, 15 years or more. I'm sure it'll be really strange for her.
She's no longer positive which pronunciation goes where and her accent is now pretty American, especially compared to her relatives in Canada. I never realized how strong an average Canadian accent was until I met them. And they're only from Ontario, nowhere exotic.
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