Once upon a time... 
there was a young girl who went to a land far far away from her own. 

At six feet tall with blonde hair and light eyes, the girl looked nothing like the people around her. 

They stared at her and shouted at her on the street, "¡Rubia! ¡Americana! ¡Hija!" in a language she didn't understand. They spoke very quickly, and insisted on giving her two kisses each time they met.

The people ate strange foods she had never seen, like the ears of pigs. They drank, a lot. Sometimes early in the mornings. And usually until very late at night.

Their towns and cities shut down in the middle of the day. And they walked. Everywhere.

The young girl was very uncomfortable in this land, and cried almost every night wishing she could go back to her own land.

After time had passed, as it always does, the girl began to learn.
She learned the new language. She learned to like strange foods. She learned how to fiesta and how to siesta. She learned how to be comfortable in a land away from her own.

She not only began to learn, but, she began to love. With every new word she spoke, every bite she took, and every step she made, she began to love the new land she was living in.

In a short time, this young girl has turned into a young woman. In her heart, she remembers her old land, and still misses it everyday. 

But today, on this Valentine's day, she is learning and loving, in her new land.
Nancy (step-Grandma who loves you)
2/14/2012 08:36:51 am

Beautifully written, Sweet Girl.l. I can see the maturity you are attaining.. Hope you had a Happy Valentine's day.

2/14/2012 07:07:10 pm

Thank you so much, Grandma Nancy. :) I hope your Valentine's Day was great as well! Love and miss you guys very much!

Aunt Bee
2/14/2012 07:33:56 pm

Very nice Jen! I hope you had a great Valentine's Day! You look happy and healthy (in spite of all the cold weather reports I am reading in the news this morning!)

2/15/2012 12:28:10 am

Well, Aunt Bee, that photo is from October in Madrid! haha

But still..despite the cold, I am very happy and healthy here! :) Can't wait to see you guys SO soon!!

2/15/2012 10:36:32 pm

You're six feet tall? I'm like 5'11". Yeah tall girls!

Alaina Bartholomay
2/16/2012 12:20:08 pm

I love this <3 Happy Late Valentines Day Bestest!

2/16/2012 05:01:43 pm

Muy bonito el comentario, primero lo leo en inglés hasta ver cuanto entiendo y lugo ya lo traduzco.
Espero que tuvieras un buen día de San Valentín....
Me voy con mis hijos a USA en verano, NY y Denver. Ya te contaré.


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