What have I got myself into?

I went back to pick up my diary yesterday. I allowed fifteen minutes, but it took 45. I’ve been given reading material now, and been told that I will be moved on to something a little more advanced when I’ve finished it. It’s like being back at school, only without the ever-looming threat of wedgies.

What the visit told me is that after thirty years of living in the United States, even foreigners start to lose their ability to understand when someone is making a joke.

As I walked in, the owner took in my fresh-faced good looks, and with a twinkle in his eye asked, “What are you going to do when you grow up?” Recognising that he was – and please excuse the American parlance – “busting my chops”, I responded without missing a beat, “I want to be an astronaut.”

Sadly the childlike declaration was lost on my new friend, and he had already started to question me on the logistics of entering the NASA space programme before I could cut him off. I fear I may have to use all my Photoshop magic later this year to create a picture of me floating in zero gravity, to avoid accusations of lacking ambition in my lifetime’s pursuit.

Anyway, must go – I need to get on with my reading if I’m not to be put in detention.

3 thoughts on “What have I got myself into?

  1. Andrew

    And here I thought everybody wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up. I’m 46 years old and I still want to be an astronaut when I grow up.

  2. Expat Mum

    That’s one thing I love about NYC – the corner shops selling cameras, stationery etc run by immigrants who have a vast knowledge of, well everything. It’s a bit like getting a cab in Chicago. They don’t usually verbally engage you as quickly as London cabbies do, but once you get talking to them you usually find they grew up in several different foreign countries, are far more educated than the average passenger, have seriously successful children, and don’t mind sitting in a cab all day.

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