You have been my home for the past 28 years and now it’s almost coming to an end. I have been given the final date to have my interview to become a permanent resident of that big ole country on the other side of the pond. Leaving is going to be bitter sweet. Part of me doesn’t want to go…at all. You have kept me alive and healthy for this long and gave me an education and for that, I’ll eternally be grateful. I love the way that no matter where I stand, I am never more than 70miles from the sea. You better have plenty of cod stocks available during my visits home, because I’m telling you now, I plan to binge on fish and chips from a chip shop whenever I return! …you might want to make sure there’s lots of Cadburys chocolate around too…
It was thanks to you that I discovered a love of travel. You kept my parents in work which allowed us to take the time to explore every corner of your reaches, if one little island could be so diverse, what possibilities did the rest of the world hold?!
The skills I learnt from you while growing up, made me employable and able to make my dreams become realities, I feel privileged to have been able to travel the world, hassle free and have the disposable income and time to do so. The memories I have from these trips are priceless and will stay with me forever.
However, I can’t help but feel, you’re starting to slip a bit. Where has all this crime come from recently? I thought I was living in a fairly nice, safe town, but with so many burglaries in the past months, my family have to lock not only our outside doors (as we always have) but two second inner doors too, just to have peace of mind when we go to sleep each night.
This morning I went for a walk on my tread mill INSIDE my home because due to events that have happened recently in my area, I’m not sure at how safe I am to leave my home alone. Even in daylight! I shouldn’t be scared! I sometimes feel more at ease walking round a strange foreign city now!
Turning off street lights to save a bit of money, isn’t really the answer either. Instead, it just makes your citizens feel a bit like ugly Cinderella’s that have to get home before midnight before the country is plunged into darkness.
It’s only now I’m leaving though, that I truly appreciate just how great the NHS really is. We may have to wait five weeks to see a nurse at the local doctors because they are over subscribed and when my Dad dislocated his SHOULDER, he was referred to a KNEE specialist (even a small child knows a shoulder is definitely not a knee…) but at least we’ve never had to worry about having huge debts or bills for an illness or accident that may have been the result of a bit of bad luck.
I had an awesome childhood, I can’t deny you that, I had fields to play on and trees to climb. I had no worries, I had a roof over my head, food on the table and water coming out of the tap. I just hope you don’t make it too hard for the younger generations to be able to stand on their own two feet. Maybe it’s easier for people my age to move away in search of new opportunities?
Could the grass be greener on the other side? Maybe…maybe not. Maybe one day I’ll be back…but at the moment I don’t know what the future holds. Maybe you’ll still be part of the European Union, maybe you’ll be standing alone as the United Kingdom, your future is as uncertain as mine at the moment but I wish you the best of luck! If I apply for my USA Citizenship in a few years time, please don’t turn your back on me, I won’t turn my back on you, I’ll always be proud to be a British Citizen, it may just be the path I need to take at that point in my life and to dual myself. And Finally, please continue to look after the family that I’m leaving behind, keep them safe, keep them well.
I’ll see you again soon,