The New Tab Deal
I am currently sitting in a Holiday Inn Express Hotel drinking water, listening to TMC, and not wearing any pants. It is comforting (at least for me) that some things won't change.
I have returned to the US of A. My poor, poor sister. Good thing she really loves me because I have been somewhat of a pain. Among the pointing out of corn fields and the immensity of a super Wal-Mart, she sticks with me. Through the gagging as I see signs for bacon chalupas (what even is that???) and then the people who actually eat them, she just nods and pats my back.
After living a dream world, I am hitting reality. Not only in the sense of what is this country I hold citizenship within, but also the fact that I AM a United States Citizen and I was GROWN saturated in all of it. Now talk about culture shock, here I left Europe knowing who I am and what I wanted and I am confronted with the Ugly Truth that actually is me. I've been emotional, and not nostalgic, but I mean high, lows, sideways and upside downs. Phew. So, after the Atlantic Ocean and in between the brick wall and the heartland I realized I had to return to MP.
Ok, so I grew up in Mount Pleasant, MI - which I just found out (thank you wiki) has a population of 27,000 permanent members. This doesn't include the students, but that is still pretty small foutre. I am returning to MP in two days and realized I am completely unprepared. I haven't been there in over a year and honestly have nothing to say to about 98% of the population. I look at Caitlin, and Ben and Josh who are returning home to London and Sydney...boy do I need my little roby for some help here. How do I return from SLC, let alone Aix? I mean I was sitting around last night with a bunch of the people in the wedding party and we were sharing some laughs - but this divide was there in our speech, outlooks and persona. I really missed my friends ad I really hate MP and I haven't even returned yet.
But I have decided that I am going to only be positive from here on out and maybe even bring a little lovin' back to eclaire. I did have some pretty fabulous times growing up in MP, gotta make good things happen, non?
I mean I grew into who I am now in Mount Pleasant, so things can be done. You can probably pick me out - as I am the one deviating from the team pose of "medals on neck and face forward towards the camera". If you know me today, you know I still stand like that, quite often actually.
I also had some amazing friends in MP, and we had some fun hating MP and a few people there. I am at least looking forward to seeing my friends...and maybe hating on those people a little bit. In a positive manner, only. shoot. what?
Happy Fourth of July! The now non-event is finally upon me at midnight.
Claire Winter Foncée Gorton