It’s official; I am no longer entirely American

Yesterday I spent the whole day writing, to the exclusion of pretty much everything else (just ask my poor neglected wife). Late in the afternoon an email came in from a Spanish friend commenting that it was my “National Day,” and I had no idea what she was talking about.

Today I opened my laptop and noticed that the date was July 5.

“Hey, it’s the start of the Tour de France!” I said, and happily settled down to watch gorgeous footage of Yorkshire. (The Red Arrows flying in formation over Harewood House is now one of my favorite moments of a Grand Départ.)

After the stage ended and Mark Cavendish went down in a nasty crash that made us cringe to watch it (seriously, ow), I checked various news sites to see if anyone knew the extent of his injury, which sure looked like a broken collarbone to me. And that’s when I started seeing photos of fireworks and remembered that yesterday was Independence Day back home. Oh, that national day! Wow, totally forgot.

I used to be painfully aware of every holiday that I was missing. Now I’m so detached that even when a friend comments on a US holiday, I don’t make the connection. I wonder if there’s a name for that phase of expatriation. Going native?

Anyway, tomorrow the Tour starts in York, and on Monday it’s from Cambridge to London. Can’t wait.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to It’s official; I am no longer entirely American

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    You obviously need to set a reminder in your computer to 1) eat plenty of fried and/or grilled foods, 2) fire off pyrotechnics to annoy your neighbors all day and all night (discharge firearms if you can’t get pyrotechnics), and 3) celebrate freedom, baybee. ‘Murica! 😉

    • oregon expat says:

      LOL. The first one I can do. The second, not so much. The third…dunno, after recent SCOTUS decisions I’m thinking that American freedom might be reserved solely for corporations. But anyway, fireworks for the win!

  2. James Haney says:

    It had to happen one day.

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