Updated: Feb 18, 2021
We've been heavy and emotional for the last few posts, so let's bring it down a bit and have some fun! I wanna talk about a variety of things I miss from America. Can you predict what items and things I miss doing in my home country??
Picture it! Me typing away, writitng the manuscript for my next book (wait on it!) and I type the phrase "okie dokie." Oh my God! Suddenly, I want to some Okie Doke popcorn! I even went to google images to look at a bag. Lol, I know. But that's what inspired this blog post.
What's funny is that I definitely ate some cheesy popcorn when I went home back in January, But I can't remember if it was Okie Doke or not. Anyway, on with the list!
1. Being an average citizen
Hey! I thought we weren't getting heavy this blog post. Being a foreigner for three years has given me the weary blues, honey! If you've been following this blog for a while then you already know what I mean. Tired of being admired and hated for my skin color and hair texture. Tired of weird questions about any and everything. Tired of pretending not to internally roll my eyes and flip tables when I get asked these wierd questions.
I'm ready to put xenophobia on a shelf and get back to regualar, familiar racism. But am I though? Cause yikes! We (African-Americans) are all wishing that Joe Biden's America is, if nothing else, a chance to catch our breath after Trump's America. Who are we kidding tho? Not even me. Overall, I look forward to being a Black amongst fellow Blacks and a host of other racially diverse people!
2. Church & Church Culture
I did join a church in Korea, and its lovely. But there's nothing like American church and more specifically, there's nothing like Black church culture. And I'm gonna call myself out and say that the kingdom of God knows no segregation and regardless of race, all of God's children have more in common than we don't. However, I can only speak on my unapologetically Black church experience of 25+ years.
I may seek out a more diverse church experience in the future. But as I write this, I miss attending Black church. I miss the fellowship, the worship, the word, the love! And I even miss the flaws, because at the heart of it, the church is a hospital and we're all sick in some way, or else we wouldn't be there.
I miss turning to my neighbor. I miss hugging five people and telling them God loves them, I miss talking over refreshments after the service.
I miss my church family!
Grocery shopping, clothes shopping, Alla-dat! I love shopping, but it's not the same in Korea for a few reasons. Shopping for clothes is hard because I'm almost six feet tall and my body shape is not "one-size " approved. "I got hips, thighs, and don't disciminate against pies!" Okay!? The clothes Asia has to offer, do not fit my body type (or style, if I'm being honest!) So I usually shop at H&M or buy clothes online. ASOS is my bestie!!
As for groceries *eye-roll* Grocery shopping has become the most annoying task in my life. I avoid it as much as I can. The grocery store near my house does not spark joy. I walk around the grocery store like a sad pupppy because I don't want to eat anything in there. I have mastered the art of pizza, pasta, and other noodles. I'm eating like a college student again and it's not cute anymore.
I dream of going to the store and finding all the ingredients of whatever dish I want to make. There are so many recipes I want to try, but I have to wait until I get back to America. Which brings me to the next thing...
Get ready! Because rather than write some unnecessarily sentimental prose, I'm gonna do some list inception! A list within a list, if you will, of all the food I miss in America!
Basic sandwiches: Ham/turkey/bologna
My mom's baked ziti
Baked macaroni & cheese
German chocolate cake
Sweet potato pie
Punch bowl cake
Reese's peanut butter cups
Nacho Cheese Doritos (Korean Doritos ain't anointed like American ones!)