Chapter Forty One Summer, 2008
America! We’re spending the summer in America. For the first
time in 5
years. All sorts of family events – a family reunion and three important
weddings – conspired to convince us that we should forego a summer’s sailing and
spend the time “back home.”
feels strange to be back in the USA for an extended time. We won’t go into all
the logistics of our trip, and we won’t bore you with a stop-by-stop itinerary.
We rented a car for the first month, and drove over 3,800 miles (6,000 km for
our non-USA friends). We drove through 11 states along the way. The spring had
been rainy so everything was very green and lush. We really noticed it after
spending the past 4 years in the Mediterranean region, where it just doesn’t
rain for months on end. It is beautiful!
noticed other things, too. After a prolonged absence, there are certain aspects
of American life that stood out. We know our fellow-Americans reading this take
all this for granted, but our non-US friends who have visited the United States
may recall similar sensations. In no particular order, we noticed:
- Choice. Whatever you
want, wherever you are, it is readily available.
- Shopping, shopping,
shopping. Everywhere you look.
- Ethnic variety. White
people, black people, Asians, Christians, Muslims, whatever. All Americans,
too; not tourists. And all pretty much getting along together.
- Everything is bright and
shiny. The streets are clean, the air is clean, the rivers sparkle.
- BIG cars everywhere.
- Well-maintained, wide
highways and secondary roads.
- Newness. Coming from an
area of the world where entire civilizations disappeared 3,500 years ago
(Crete), in America everything is relatively new.
- Friendly people
everywhere. We have been warmly welcomed wherever we have been. (We’ve
been told by foreign visitors they have had the same experience.)
few photos, so you’ll get a little feel for some of our family and friends.
(The handsome red-headed fellow is our grandson, Ian Muir; our nephew Will McKay
is the beautiful “five-and-three-quarter-year-old”, as he proudly claims.)
You’ll also see the wonderful portrait of Seraphim done by our dear
friend Alvin Sinderbrand.
headed back to Turkey mid-September. We’ll set sail immediately and let you know
what we find in the fall. It will still be hot but we will have missed the bulk
of the summer soaring temps (100+ degrees Fahrenheit). We have so much to see
sure is good!