Today I take a rest from work, and just returned home from the grocery store. On the way out, I met the driver of this car. It's quite difficult to miss the huge patriotic sticker plastered on the back of his bumper, and it peaked my curiosity. I approached him as he walked toward the car, and we began chatting. His hometown is Lviv, but he left for the USA ten years ago because he was offered a good job in the Washington, DC area. Yet he's still proud to be Ukrainian and loves his homeland. It was apparent from the gleam in his eyes when he spoke about it.
For me, this mentality is understandable because if I ever immigrate to a new country, this would not lessen my love for the USA. America is my homeland, and there has never been a reason for me to leave. Life here is good, at least for me, and I have every desired opportunity needed for happiness and survival. Yet I don't know what the future might bring, perhaps I'll fall in love with a foreigner, relocate, or move abroad for a unique job opportunity. I'm not opposed to the idea, but it would definitely be a difficult choice, only because I'm so close to my family. I began to think about how others would view me if I started a life in another country...as a traitor, or something else?( Read more... )