Now that the English bird is back in situ, I have had a lot of Americans’ and Brits wanting to know what I’m missing and how I’m feeling about being back ‘ome. So, after a couple of weeks back in Gods’ country, here are my thoughts:
My initial reaction was inertia. I’m only just coming out of that and it’s sl-ooo-w.
Then panic set in resulting in immediately booking a flight back to Merrrica. But maybe that’s a personality thing.
Since being back, I’ve studied my country and home in more detail rather than taking it for granted and gone off and visited quaint little towns and things I like so I can evaluate my thoughts and feelings properly rather than basing them on emotional trauma.
There are lots of things I miss about the US of A and whilst there, didn’t really yearn for anything back in the UK except for the obvious things like fam, friends a decent cuppa and a crumpet. After careful analysation, I have come to this conclusion: I AM A COMPLETE MESS.
I am born to travel and made for adventure. Dual nationality is a necessity and I should have the key to the world. If I could amalgamate America and England into my perfect place, it would look like this:
- The greenery of England is a sight to behold and I adore it. It makes me feel better. The tapestry of the land as I fly back to Blighty and look down makes me want to burst out singing ‘Jerusalem’ If I could take this but have the perfect sunny weather of California – win.
- A decent cup of tea but still keeping huge, blended strawberry Margaritas.
- An olde English Inn but with a Wild West Honky tonk dance hall.
- Slutty town shoes and Doc Martens but also loads of cowboy boots.
- A Peaky Blinders flat cap but also my cowboy hat.
- Fish ’n’ chips and a Texan steak.
- Cream teas but also honey wheat bread from the Cheesecake Factory.
- Trifle and custard but corn bread and Olive Garden.
- My own car and on the left , but the lack of speed cameras of America and giant pick up trucks.
- The countryside of England but the backdrop of the Rockies.
- Charming historical buildings and quaint towns but also preserved wild west towns like Silverton.
- Statuesque cathedrals and minsters but filled with the members of Cowboy Church.
- Walkable areas and shopping centres but the vast malls of America.
- The positivity and charm of American people but the biting, acerbic wit of Englishmen.
- Southern hospitality and also English reserve.
- James Bond type city boys but also rugged cowboys.
- BBC TV without commercials but the Texas Investors club.
- An English breakfast but oh my goodness..American bacon hands down.
If I don’t make it as a lyricist in Nashville then I’m seriously considering opening a proper English tea shop in Texas which will be so cool that I will be able to franchise it across the states. You gotta dream big.
I leave you with the spirit of England….which I WILL be bringing back…
“Can I introduce you please, to a lump of cheddar cheese, knit one, pearl one, drop one, curl one.”