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  • Maxine ClarkCollege Writing Seminar Visual Narrative Essay A Little Pith and Vinegar for the Melting Pot
  • Like most British kids,my only knowledge ofAmerica was drawnfrom movies andtelevision programs.We had three channelsto choose from: BBC1,BBC2 and ITV.
  • Rainy Sundays oftenfound us watching dustyold Westerns. Seeingall of that sand, thecanyons and earth tonesmade my tongue dry uplike clay.
  • My imagination wentwild at the prospect ofa new life in America.What I didn’t take intoaccount was all thatwe would leave behind.
  • Cousins
  • My paternalgrandparents didn’ttake the news well. Iwas particularly sad toleave them because theylavished gifts on us, likethis fan and castanetsfrom one of their tripsto Spain.
  • Nana and Grandad
  • My father insisted that wenot smile in our passportpictures. I couldn’t help it! Hehad to keep feeding more andmore money into the coinslot. He was not pleased.I was primed for a perfectlydespondent shot.
  • When I said goodbye to myhamster Christmas, she bit myfingertip. I couldn’t believe myown hamster had rejected me.I left my toy dog Cokey in ourold house for the new peopleand immediately regretted it.The day was off to a bad start.
  • Cokey Christmas
  • My brother and I wereinvited up into the cockpitand given honoraryBritish Airways Junior JetClub passbooks to enterour future BritishAirways trips. Of whichthere would be none.
  • On the drive fromthe airport, Icontinued to retchwhile taking in thesights of Route Oneout the sidewindow. Past theHilltop with itsplastic cows grazingthe side of thehighway . . .
  • Within mere hours ofarrival, I realized we couldvery well starve to death.We were offered Dr. Pepperor Ginger Ale to drink butthey were “too spicy” forour bland palates.
  •     + =
  • Letting go was hard and Imissed England for along time. I felt like Iwas always drawingcomparisons betweenEnglish and Americanculture and choosingsides.
  • On September 23, 1994 inConcord, NH I was sworn inas an American citizen, whenin actuality, becoming anAmerican has been a gradualprocess occuring over thecourse of my life here.
  • My husband and I weremarried in the Rose Gardenat Lynch Park in Beverly on abeautiful June day in 1999.We’ve been to Englandtogether. Twice.We’ve also been to DisneyWorld. Four times.
  • We bought our home in thesame neighborhood myfamily moved to back in1978.
  • My old house19 Deerhurst, Stanshawe Estate in Yate
  • Our comparatively palatial estate in Beverly
  • Our daughter was born inDecember 2003, and ateight years old, she isnow attending the sameschool I did when I washer age.
  • I finally feel like this iswhere I belong.