When I was trying to figure out what to write for this week’s TT post…I realized that the date would be December 18th. The significance of that date is that it is the day I first arrived in the US. Then I realized…It is my 13th anniversary of my arrival to the US…So since I am all about significance…and 13 is my lucky number…I will do today’s TT about my 13 years here in the US…I have no idea where this will go so bear with me…
1 — I arrived in the US on December 18, 1995. The first clock that I saw at the airport read 4:40 PM.
2 — When we drove to my cousin’s house, as I walked in the door, the TV was on and it was an episode of Fresh Princes of Bel Air.
3 — I was 10 years old when I first moved to the US.
4 — I lived in MD for 8 years and VA for the last 5. I haven’t been off the East Coast of the US. I’ve gone as north as NY and as south as NC.
5 — Before I came to the US, I had gone to a private school for 3 months. I placed out of ESOL here in two weeks.
6 — I was a tomboy back home but my first year here, I was bullied a lot as the foreigner.
7 — Because I was the only person in my family to speak English, I handled all the medical and legal processes and paperwork for all of us to be legal aliens. By the time I turned 11, I could talk my way around better than a lawyer.
8 — Even though we moved here in December, I didn’t begin school until February. Right as we were finishing up the process of me registering for school, the 96 blizzard hit and schools were closed.
9 — The only family we have in the US is my mom’s older sister and my two cousins. My mom’s younger sister moved here about 6 years ago. Other than that, all of our family is back home but my grandmother visits every couple years.
10 — I’ve only been back home 4 times and only for 2-4 week long periods. When I was 13, 18, 20 and this past summer.
11 — I have not lost touch with my roots at all. We still speak Turkish at home, get Turkish TV via satellite and cook traditional foods.
12 — My accent only comes out when I am really tired or I have to say words that have V and W sounds in them. When I speak Turkish, my “American” accent comes out when I am REALLY tired or when saying words that are English (Proper names, etc)
13 — Although it’s hard at times, I don’t mind being stuck between two cultures. I feel very rooted in my heritage but have made a life for myself here in the US.
So…there you go!! If you guys have any questions whatsoever, please, feel free. I know I left out a lot trying to put in a list of 13 things about my THIRTEEN years here in the US.
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