Here is the second installment…
How did we feel about moving to America and Florida in particular, my parents wanted to know. I for one was full of excitement and nerves. For me America was the country of Hollywood glamour and movie stars, the Statue of Liberty and skyscrapers…the land of dreams and opportunities….a pipe dream, a place I never thought I would go visit, let alone make my new home.
So yes, I was excited to take on this new adventure, I wouldn’t go alone, my family would be with me. But I was also nervous, what did I know about this place other than what I’ve read in magazines, seen on TV ( Beverly Hills 90210, anyone?) and heard from other people? I would be leaving my friends behind (which made me sad) and have to start from scratch. Oh, and did I mention, learn a whole new language, as well, which frankly freaked all of us out a little!!!
But in the end the positives outweighed everything else. We left everything and everyone we loved behind and took a big step into the unknown. The day we left to fly to Boston my mom and I sat in front of our house( that wasn’t ours anymore) and cried like babies. You have to realize…my parents actually built that house with their own hands, lots of blood,sweat and tears, over a three-year period.
And then came the hardest part, saying good-bye to my grandma,my Omi. All the other goodbyes seemed to pale in comparison. This one was tough. I didn’t know when I would see her again, she was so much a part of our lives that it was hard to believe we couldn’t just stop by for coffee anymore. I remember, hugging her one more time, again and again and choking back tears.
Finally, we were on the way to the airport and a whole new world opened up to me!!!
Next stop, Tampa, Florida…sunshine, heat like we’d never experienced and Palm trees.