The Pros and Cons of a Summer in The States

Hi, I’m Tracy’s youngest daughter and I’m guest blogging for TCK Talk this month.

Oh America, it’s good to be back home. Except for the fact that it isn’t exactly my home. Being back in America is always a bit weird. In the beginning it’s all excitement and smiles as I step off the plane and get my first whiff of true American air (although at that point it is coupled with exhaust fumes). There are lots of pros and cons to being back in America.

Pro number one: Chipotle. Pro number two: Chipotle. Pro number three: shopping (wait, did I forget Chipotle?). In all seriousness, there are a lot of great things about being back in America. The two biggest pros for me are food and shopping. I have a long to-do list of malls to go to and restaurants to visit. I check off the items in absolute euphoria. Getting Cheetos – CHECK! Shopping at American Eagle – CHECK! You may find it shallow that I crave these things so intensely, but after having been deprived of them for a whole year, it gets pretty exciting.

Another pro is seeing family. We stay at my grandparents’ house and spend most of our days with them. We also visit with cousins and aunts, and it is always good to reconnect with them (it’s also great to get my birthday checks) ;). There are a lot of great things about being back in America. After all, it is the land of opportunity.

Con number one: the ‘food baby’ I get after eating Chipotle. Though this Chipotle hazard is definitely a con, the cons are a little trickier to flesh out. Remember how I said that it’s great that America is the land of opportunity? It is also terrifying.

Ever been in a Walmart? That place is probably one of the scariest places on earth for me. IT IS SO HUGE! At least compared to the tiny grocery stores in Vienna. It would be so easy to get lost in the vast expanse of products. Once I finally find the general area I need to be in, picking a product is nearly impossible. Take toothpaste, for example. Seems simple enough, right? It is not! Crest Total Health sounds great, until you see Arm & Hammer Ultra White. You think, ‘okay, I’ll get Crest Total Health because healthy teeth are more important than white teeth’, but then you think, ‘but don’t whiteness and health go hand in hand?’ You finally settle on Crest White and Healthy which seems like a good compromise. Then directly next to it, you see Colgate Healthy and White. Two of the exact same products for the exact same price. How are you supposed to pick one? If you are me, you don’t really. You just run away and hope your mom buys a good one. Too much selection definitely makes America scary.

Another con is that I don’t have any friends here, because I’ve never actually lived in the same state as my extended family, and I need friends to relate to and hang out with. After a while, you need people your age, and I don’t really have that in our U.S. summers.

Coming back to America is always tricky, but overall it’s good to be back. Still, I’m looking forward to returning to Vienna, my real home.

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