And here is the third installment…
After a long and somewhat nerve wrecking flight ( it was my first time on a plane, after all) to Boston and dealing with Customs we were off to Tampa, Florida. There, my dad who had left the week before us,picked us up in a silver Dodge Caravan…a car we’d never seen before…and I will never, ever forget that he had stocked each and every cup holder (I believe there were 8 in all) with Dr. Pepper which we’d never heard of before. To this day I love Dr. Pepper!!!
I also got my first look at Palm trees swaying in the breeze…what a sight to my still snow crusted eyes. We left Germany in the dead of winter and arrived to glorious “summer” in our minds.
From Tampa we had another two-hour car ride to Ft. Myers where our new home was going to be.
The next couple of months were filled with so many new things that to this day it’s still mind-boggling to me. My sister and I started our new schools. I went to High School and my sister went to Middle School. I think, we all went through some serious culture shock and growing pains. School for me was hell on wheels, socially. I didn’t fit in anywhere and was that girl with the weird accent when I bothered speaking to anyone which didn’t happen often in those first few months. I was still learning the language and getting my bearings. It was painful for me…I love to talk, a lot.
But over time things settled into place and I made some great friends ( you know who you are!!!) who actually liked my accent and loved the fact that I was from Germany. We all started enjoying our new life and even in those tough first few months realized how lucky we were.
After finishing community college in Ft. Myers, I decided to transfer to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. And this is where I am still. Shortly after I transferred here, I met my husband and the rest they say is history.
Now, I’m a stay at home mom, wife and “Hausfrau”, living the suburban dream. Looking back at those days and seeing where I am now, I will be forever grateful to my parents for being brave enough to take this step and starting this new life. Thank you.