The global nature of the internet is so amazing. I love having readers from around the world. It tickles me to open my site statistics and see hits from Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Algeria, Australia, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc…whoever you are, where ever you are keep reading! Make a comment even….
Those of you here in the States with me could stand to share your input as well. Those of you who continue to read even through my hiatus, I thank you dearly. I keep writing because you keep coming back for more.
Special shout out to Massachusetts, Georgia and North Carolina – you are my top readers in the States. Florida, New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Indiana, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arkansas and Connecticut thank you as well. One of these days I will be getting hits from all 50 states!
I used to want to go everywhere, see everything but my traveling ambitions have gotten a much needed check. Sometimes I watch shows like Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations and Andrew Zimmern – Bizarre Foods and I am reminded that we don’t live the same ways across the world. There are some places I will just have to experience through story – TV, books, magazines.
Beetles, grasshoppers and slimy sea creatures are not food to me, Andrew can have that gig he does it quite well. And I believe people might take me as rude because I’m not eating everything that is offered to me. These guys visit the homes of the indigenous peoples of the land. It’s hard to refuse someone who is trying to show you that they have enough hospitality to share their ways.
I thank God for having a life that allows me to have a choice in what I eat, that is a blessing, that is luxury in my eyes.
I have had the opportunity to travel outside the boarders of the States on some occasions. Panama, as an infant, to Mexico and Italy once and Montreal, Canada a few times. There are still many places I would like to see but my last trip out of the country taught me a great deal.
I used to believe that I could just relocate and move to another country. My whole ex-pat escapist fantasy. While I was in Italy I missed the States – the wide highways and the American cars. I missed knowing that pretty much anywhere on the East Coast I have family and friends. I missed being surrounded by people who share my first language. I don’t think we realize how new our country is; there are ancient ruins over there – the Colosseum is over 2000 years old. Show me a structure 500 years old in the States?
I still know that I am an Earthling, a Human and I sometimes believe a demi-Goddess but I am seriously feeling the American Stateswoman in me. I want to find a place in my country to get cozy, plant and cultivate some seeds…tomatoes, berries, fruit trees, herbs, babies, maybe some roots – garlic, ginger and some onions. Where ever you are I hope your life is filled with love, laughter and family.