- Holidays and Celebrations
My First Christmas in America
America is literally a wonderland to me.
I arrived here last summer, June 16, 2016 to be exact. I immediately noticed the difference between the summer in the Philippines and the summer here. It was a “real” summer day when I left, which means it was very warm and humid, whereas when I arrived here, in Detroit particularly, I noticed the cool breeze like all around was air-conditioned, a very sweet summer day, no sweat and perspiration even outside the building. And to my wonder, this is a place where in summer the trees are so green and the flowers that I saw were blooming in variety of colors. I even planted some flowering plants in the front yard of my new house, the house my husband owns for more than a decade which now becomes my own residence too together with him.
Then all of a sudden the leaves of the trees become yellow or orange and many more trees were losing their leaves and to my dismay, one morning when I woke, ran to the porch to enjoy the sight of my beautiful and colorful flowering plants which had been there a few months back, now they were all wilted and looking dead like a plague had struck them the night before; this really made me cry, I worked hard that summer for these flowers to become so and now they're all dead, but hubby sympathized with me and explained the nature here, he said I can plant again in spring, ...so this was fall, such wonder, we never have these in the Philippines.
As the month progressed, the weather got colder and colder, I was chilling but hubby said it was not real cold yet. Then one morning I woke up to a perfectly different surrounding and environment. It was wonderfully white all around and as I opened the door to get to the porch, a freezing wind “slapped” my face. I was carried away by the beautiful sight of the snow that I ran to the backyard with a shovel in my hand and started to create a snowman. I had managed to create only a small one because I was already freezing.
Oh, America the wonderland!
I used to be just alone at home when hubby is at work. I knew nobody but I had gone walking to the Family dollar Store a mile away walking when I needed to buy something for my arts; I just walk because I cannot drive though we have an extra car parking idly at the parking lot beside our house. I have no driver's license as yet, hubby is too busy to take me to the ADB to do the processing of my driver's permit and eventually the license. I had no friends to talk to so I rely on the internet to contact my family and friends back home to strike a conversation, just so I won't feel so all alone.
Then one day, right after Thanksgiving Day, hubby and I went shopping at Carson's; I was shopping for winter clothes and boots; my mother-in-law gave me a gift card on Thanksgiving for that shopping when suddenly some Filipina ladies befriended me; from then on I had established friendship with them, I never realized there are so many Filipina here, some of them doctors and medical people then they invited me to a Christmas party. We had lots of fun in the party, music, singing and dancing with plenty of Filipino food.
Such a Merry Christmas. I realize now that wherever we are in the world we will always meet friends to make our lives more meaningful.