Are one of us?
Do YOU qualify?
I’m sure that if you yourself don’t, you at least know someone who does.
What, you are asking yourself, does he mean by one of “us”??
I am an Anglo-Saxon, born to first-generation USA parents, and early on, my family uprooted and came here. I’ve been here over 15 years. I hold dual citizenship with both the USA and Israel. I am fluent in both languages. I served in the Israeli Air Force for my full 3 years. I have both Anglo and Israeli friends.
Am I still an American? Or am I an Israeli? Where is MY country?
I am what I describe a hybrid, or a person of multiple worlds, yet member of none.
I am no longer an “American”. About 8 months ago, I popped over to NYC for two weeks, and had a chance to rove the city. I am not one of them. Yes, I speak unaccented English, and I know most of the cultural references, but I’m not part of them.
I came back, and it was immediately clear to me that I’m not an Israeli either. I speak unaccented Hebrew, and I know the country well, and hell, I can even out-haggle at the Shuk, but I’m not one of them.
Where do I, more importantly, WE, belong?
I’ve tried relationships with both Anglos and Israelis, but never with a hybrid. I guess we’re THAT different. I have friends that have made it work for them, but why should we have to make that much of an effort? Is it too much to ask that we be with our own kind?
I have created an LJ community here: Feel free to join, or just hang out.
I look forward to seeing y’all there.