Aliens in the Apple

Things I forgot

Franci 16 Apr 2014 Just life

When you live somewhere and move away, it’s easy to forget the things that were strange, funny or hard, especially if they’re just small details of life. There are a few things that have struck me again, this time around, in no particular order:

Comments (5)

Hannah Holder 16 Apr 2014 at 9:27am

We’ve got loads of grass down here anytime you want to visit…fields and fields of it! And our light switches are the right way ‘round. (Except on the stairs, where there is a switch at the top and bottom. Half the time one of them is always “wrong.”) Good to have the perspective that gas and food is cheap here, since it doesn’t feel like it to many Americans. Today’s a perfect example of looking warm since the sun’s out. I was contemplating a pre-breakfast walk when I saw the view out the window, but changed my mind when I saw it was 31 F.

Michelle Kloosterman 16 Apr 2014 at 3:29pm

Haha, thanks for the post. I had to giggle as some of the things that bother you because it is the opposite for me. : ).
-I would much rather have a gallon jug with a handle then those 3 liter juice bottles without a handle!
-The light switches I can handle; it’s the power point switches (outlets) that get me. If they don’t have the little red sticker to tell you which was is on, I am baffled.
-Toilet bowls… I won’t go there.
Getting used to a new country is an adventure and a bit overwhelming at times. What would we do without a wonderful church family?
Enjoy your time in New York.
Michelle : )

Laurel 16 Apr 2014 at 6:26pm

Well, I get muddled enough with light-switches even living in this country. (We have several that have two switches for one light.)
And I can just “smell” your rubbish bin - sympathise with you on that one.
You may have lived in New York before, but I guess shifting to a completely new suburb means you have to relearn where all the daily basics are again. Safe driving!

We miss you too!

Lois Hoyt 23 Apr 2014 at 6:55am

I can empathise with quite a number of those differences - and also with some of Michelle’s response. But the one that strikes the loudest chord with me is “the juice is so yummy.” Whatever others may think, I still think the ordinary ‘frozen concentrate’ like Minute Maid beats anything here in New Zealand. Enjoy the juice!
Mum Hoyt

Michelle Kloosterman 23 Apr 2014 at 3:40pm

I agree wholeheartedly! Bring on the frozen concentrate. : )