27 January 2011

Down Memory Lane

I was driving in my car the other day, and thoughts kept running through my mind. Actually more like flashbacks. I live in this country for more than ten years now. I got all melancholy about it, too. Remembering my first impressions. Remembering the hardship in the first year, and the following, the struggle of adjusting in a new world and the love I felt afterwards, for this country. America. It has been a good ten years. Even though I had my share of difficulties.

What I was thinking was that because of those experiences, I am the person I am today.

In the movie "Greek Wedding", the brother comes up to the main character and says "don't let your past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you will be". I researched if this came from a big philosopher, but I guess it just sprang from the writers hand. Nonetheless, it is deep. We are what we are today because of our experiences on this earth, because of the people we met, the circumstances we were in, and the personality we have to deal with those situations. (Besides the "small" fact that God has a plan for us no matter what happens!)

I had to work some odd jobs, real odd ones at times, but they all helped to get me through the rough times. I had lovely friends that stood by my side. The people that helped us out were family people - we were watching their precious children (I know what I am talking about because I have a hard time to leave my kids.).
But these odd jobs are what America is all about: the country where a dream can come true!

America is not just the country of workaholics and crime and Hollywood. Real people live here. And the real people that I have met are among the greatest people in the world. They care about others - at least that's what they taught me! They have the joy of giving - something we are currently teaching Coqui. They stand by what they believe is right. Most of them treated me with respect and fairness. I point that out because I am a foreigner in this country, but nobody ever has made me feel like one. It amazes me to look back and say, wow, I could not have done it by myself if it weren't for all the support that I had.

I thought I'd share that with you today!!! How happy I am to live in this country, by God's will, the country where dreams still (!) come true.


C. Beth said...

What an awesome post. :) I'm glad you are in America! It's interesting seeing the USA from your eyes because I think you appreciate the good points and also see the areas we need to work on...both more clearly than many of us who grew up here.