It’s been, what, two weeks since we’ve been back in the United States?
And to be honest – it feels like I never left.
Of course I miss people in the Netherlands and it’s weird as all get out not having Hubs around. But other than that, it’s almost as though nothing’s changed.
I mean, it’s still early days and I guess you could say we’re still in vacation mode, but the only thing weird about it is the feeling that the last five and a half years have been nothing more than a blip, a trip across the rainbow to the land of oz.
Except no one’s questioning whether or not I was actually gone. They all know I was gone and are quick to remind me for how long.
It’s amazing how quickly I’ve eased back into things.
Though there have certainly been some ‘culture shock’ moments, if you want to call them that.
Like, why have I never noticed before that the word “yes” has completely disappeared from American vocabulary.
If you’re American, stop and think about it for a second. When was the last time you said “yes”?
To be honest, I really didn’t notice it until I asked Offspring a question and she replied “yeah.” The little girl with the nice, crisp, polite “yes” had turned the the nasal, flat “yeah” down pat.
I’ve been giving her constant reminders that “yeah” is not polite and the proper response is “yes,” but I haven’t been having much luck.
My first instinct was to blame my parents (after all, Offspring’s intonation when she says the word is identical to my mother’s). But while I was sitting in at the bank trying to open an account, I realized this yeah thing was bigger than me.
Perhaps I’d just not been aware of it before, but I was amazed at how many time the teller replied with a yeah during our conversation.
And it’s on TV too – even on this-Mom-approved shows like Dora and Sesame Street.
So I’m now faced with the question, do I try to beat them or should I just give in and join them?
Yeah, I’ll have to give that one some more thought.
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