A month ago we moved into our new house and tonight Leanne’s parents will come and visit and stay with us for a few days and will get to see our new house in real life for the first time. Hopefully my Mam will travel over from Ireland and get to see the house at Christmas this year.
We are all settled in, all the furniture and appliances are delivered even if it took a few attempts by the shops to get it right! Photos are on the wall, flag pole for the Irish and American flags to fly is up, flowers are in the pots and the front yard is looking well for the ‘in-law’ inspection over the next few days.
And that leads me onto the purpose of today’s post, my new in laws here in the USA. Bob and Terri, Leanne’s parents, have been absolutely brilliant in their support of us from day 1 when we first mentioned our plans for getting married and even getting this new house. I always love to have them visit and enjoy chatting about all sorts of stuff with them. It has helped me acclimate to US culture having those conversations, learning to understand how life and culture of things work here.
It was completely different back home in Ireland as I took everything for granted as it was how I had lived my life for 47 years. Moving to the US was a huge step, a bit of a leap of faith but having the support, assistance and guidance from my in laws, as well as friends and family on both sides of the Atlantic certainly helped.
I have noticed that I think of Ireland and home a lot but the little bouts of missing Ireland and being homesick are less and less. It will always be home, it will always be the country that helped make me who I am today but now I am lucky enough to experience life in a while new country and culture with my new family, and for that I am thankful.
My new Irish flag will arrive on Thursday and I will fly it outside the house with pride and when it comes to change it to the USA one for certain holidays, Memorial Day, July 4th etc I will proudly fly the flag of my new adopted country outside our house. You may be able take the man out of Ireland but you can’t take Ireland out of the man.
Another little thing I found out today that I wasn’t aware of, today is USA Flag Day, a day to commemorate the day the US flag came into being. An absolute brilliant idea especially as it falls between Memorial Day when a lot of people place the National flag out on graves of fallen military and Independence Day on July 4th.
I replaced the Irish flag flying outside the house for Memorial day and it will fly there till July 4th when the Irish flag will go back up until Veterans Day when I will swap them again. So what is flag day and why? Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14th in 1777.
I always knew the layout of the flag, stars and stripes and what they meant.The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the US. I am a proud Irishman and I love the fact that here in the USA people fly their national flag with a lot of pride. This is something that has been lacking in Ireland but not because people didn’t want too but rather because of political reasons. In recent years this has calmed but it’s only on major sporting occasions or St Patrick’s Day that you will see flags outside houses in Ireland.
Something completely different now to the first part of this post. I came to the USA a little over 6 months ago and due to the conditions of my immigration I was unable to work until recently. Well now I am able to work and have secured my first job in the USA.
This is a big step in my journey here and one I am delighted I am able to take. I have also officially launched my own photography business and have received my business license for the state of Georgia and Dekalb county. As a photographer it will be hard to break into the market but if anyone needs a fresh photographer with Irish charm, do not hesitate to get in touch via my website www.amanwithhiscamera.com.