Photo taken in the bedroom of a distinctly American messy teenager
Today I had the honor of receiving a Stylish Blogger award from the gorgeous Joybird at Songbird in His Court. Now before I go on, I need to say that I've been given blog awards before, but I haven't posted about them because it made me shy. But I did and do very much appreciate them nonetheless. I'm always surprised that anyone would want to award my babblings. Anyhoo, it's what Joybird said that made me laugh out loud, and I had to respond.
"Jodi lives in the USA but there is something distinctly British about her in my opinion."
Unbeknownst to Miss Joybird, I have been told this very thing all my life.
Not just about the UK, but other countries as well. For example, there was the recently immigrated Irish guy who was working on our house. This is what he said - "Your accent is pretty good American, but where are you really from?"
While in the Ukraine, someone said to me through a translator, "You're too polite for an American. Where are you really from?"
A friend from West Africa told us that "Your hospitality is more Liberian than American".
I've also been asked what part of Eastern Europe I'm from, was wished "shabot shalom" from a salesperson in a department store, been mistaken for a Canadian, and was told by a Welsh friend that the stork definitely dropped me on the wrong side of the pond.
I like to flatter myself by thinking that I'm unknowingly living out I Corinthians 9:22--being all things to all men. But who knows. One thing I know to be true, though. I do love people, all kinds of people. And I'm grateful that blogging has enabled me to meet so many from all over the globe.
So the award requires the revealing of 7 things your readers may not know about you.
The story above counts for number one.
2. When I'm stressed, I hum the theme to "Elmo's World". I have no idea why.
3. I went to a different school every year until I got to ninth grade. Don't ask, it's complicated.
4. I sometimes spell the word color this way: colour. I think it looks prettier the British way.
5. When talking really fast I pronounce "house" like a Canadian. Not on purpose. Really.
6. I once smirked at a man in a cafe who wouldn't stop staring at me. I later found out that the man was the painter Andrew Wyeth.
7. This is the longest post I've ever written.
8. (bonus) I have an overly-sensitive conscience, which is why I can't pick a certain number of people to send the award back to. Seriously, I love all of the blogs I read, and it's too painful to choose only a certain number. That is why I haven't really played along before. I really do enjoy the creativity and uniqueness that each one of you express. I think you're all wonderful. So to any blogger who reads this, feel free to join in. I pick you.