A VERY AMERICAN ENGLISHMAN
Kind of a throwback Thursday, but more of an anniversary…. 12 years ago today, Mrs Portland Pin-Ups and myself, along with our cat, Poppy, arrived at Heathrow airport along with just a few suitcases of essentials to begin our adventure of emigrating to America. I had always been fascinated with the States, and when I finally told my Mum that I was moving here, she wasn’t surprised at all, and said that from almost when I could talk, I had spoken about wanting to live here. Odd. Guess somehow I always knew…
When we arrived at immigration in San Francisco, even though I was a LEGAL immigrant, with a full 10 year green card, getting through was still not a given, and I waited nervously for my final entry interview. Finally I heard the words…”Welcome to America…” and our adventure began!
12 years, a move to another state, one new cat, one resting in cat heaven, and two kids later, I’m still loving every minute of my new adopted home. I love the opportunities that America has afforded me and my family, and truly believe that Portland Pin-Ups wouldn’t exist had I not moved here. I’m grateful to all who have helped me along the way! Despite what the news channels will try to tell you, this is a great country full of wonderful people.
5 years ago I made the final jump and became a US citizen and was very proud to do so. I consider myself a “proper” American, because I chose to be here - I’m a born again American!! But I’m also deeply proud of my English heritage, and miss my homeland, and my family and friends back there, greatly. Which is why I consider myself a very American Englishman!
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