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Immigrant Blues Part 2: The Lighter Side

Being in a new country sure opens up some new experiences.

If you talk to other immigrants, there are questions and statements that almost always inevitably pop up. Some people ask them right away, others wait until you have had a few interactions with them.

 

Here is my, by no means complete, top list:

 

Where are you from?

 

Of course, this one is by far the most common and understandably so.  

Some people go as far as to venture some guesses. I can count on one hand the amount of people that have correctly guessed South Africa. If I was business savvy, I should have thought of charging people a dollar for each wrong guess I've ever been given. I would be well on my way to having a car paid off by now. There have been the guesses of England, Ireland and Australia which I totally understand. There have been a couple of Germany's, a Scandinavia thrown in and my absolute, all time favorite...Mississippi. Yep, you read correctly, Miss. Iss. Ippi. I'm sorry. What did you say? My response to that one? Ummmm. No. I'm from somewhere a bit further south than that. 

 

But you speak English so good

 

Yes, yes I do. 

A mite better than you do, if I may be so bold, seeing as my sentences do not begin with but and I speak English well.   Especially since we do not speak French or German and I did get a formal education. Yes, seriously. I actually went to  U N I V E R S I T Y . They have those in South Africa. 

 

Why aren't you black?

 

Uhmm, because white people do live in Africa. 

 

Do you know so-and-so in xxxx

 

I have a friend that went to do mission work in Africa, maybe you saw her?