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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: OH DEAR!...SHOULD I BE SO CONFUSED?
By Henrietta W. Romman
05/30/12


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OH DEAR! …SHOULD I BE SO CONFUSED?


Dear friends, let me share with you how I learned to let the pen venture in order to

brighten our times with sheer fun and wonderful laughter and amusement from the heart.


You see, when the Lord blessed our family with an escape from Africa, it was by an

open door from God’s own hands. This was through His intimate promise to bring us to

living here, in our United States ---praise God…Amen.


As a new comer to America, I was termed as “A Transplant”.

My former papers said I was a “Resident Alien.” As I prepared myself to belong too our

new surroundings, I thought in my daily life there was a great necessity to “Act

naturally.”


Then, as an aspiring American citizen, I discovered I had to behave “Almost

exactly contrary ” to our former background of a totally Middle Eastern nature,

coming from another continent. In that case I asked my Lord as I prayed “Father? Help !

Would this be the real me, or is it a “Genuine imitation?”


Until my family and I were at home with “Ah-ha …Ok…Yep! …Nope…High

Five and “Ha’ You…Doing,”… a great life element was “ Found missing.”

Believe me friends, this was truly an “Advanced basic ” issue that I had never expected.

As I am often meditating , “Alone together ” with my God before His throne,

even in His presence as I thanked Him for our freedom…I truthfully wondered at our

English Language! !


For example: “Now then,” when facts overwhelm me …God alone knows the “Silent

cry” I could let out. I always ask Him “Lord--Do not blame me. What would anyone do

in my place, if they find themselves in “Pretty ugly” situations ; like receiving a bill of

over one hundred dollars for a pair of “Plastic glasses ” for vision correction !


Life in the U.S.A introduces new trends. In fact, it is not the “Same difference” that all

new settlers encounter. I often make it a basic point not to be left behind in my

gleanings.


Along my duty toward myself to reach many various extremes, I am taught to skate from

listening to “New oldies ”—to discovering secrets of merging our traditional

Mediterranean desserts with American recipes. I acquired a need for excelling in the

famous original “Twelve Ounce Pound cake” (!!!) as a lead in my cake baking.


Dear friends, surely when our life-long Scottish missionary acquaintance, Mary Ann

Morrison, knows all this when she comes to see us for the first time , she will

definitely be overwhelmed! Hallelujah!

I believe this will be her remark:

“Good grief!...who would have ever thought of such a peak for a high leap—from Africa

to America?”


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Leola Ogle 06/01/12
Welcome to America! I, for one, thank God for bringing you here. I admire all that you must be going through to learn the language and culture. I smiled all the way through your entry, especially about the "twelve ounce pound cake" - it made me laugh out loud! God bless! Keep writing!
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/02/12
Great job...Loved this story. It was heartfelt, sweet and packed with fun and truths. Thanks you.
God bless~
Hiram Claudio06/04/12
This was a delightful story and I appreciated very much the outside persecptive on our various unique American phrases. I could feel the joy expressed through your writing on being in the US. Yes, please keep writing!