Official Americans?

Entry #4.1 / 12th June 2022

The Sunday marked our first official day off. With everyone thoroughly exhausted from adapting to the new environment, managing the workload, and the previous night out, most decided against venturing into the Big Apple. I was among them – acknowledging my limits. I understood that if I attempted to squeeze in a trip to the city with my body and mind being in disarray, I would reach the end of my tether before the actual work even began.

            A few people did venture into the city, and I was partly amazed and impressed by their energy. Damn, I wish I had that kind of stamina.

            ‘Well,’ the bright voice popped in. ‘You are a few years older than them.’

            Is it possible to give a middle finger to myself? Probably not.

           However, I didn’t stay in. since the days off meant we had to provide our own food, I joined a few others on the train to White Plains, and we visited Target. We had embarked on a mini-Target shopping trip during the week, and my enthusiasm was off the charts. I believe that was the first time I revealed a bit of my weirdness to everyone.

            This time, after our little Target shop, we went exploring in other shops in the area. One of them being Burlington – which was basically TKMaxx (TJMaxx, as we are in America) but a little downgraded. In there, I managed to find a little bag that I could take with me on future days out or possible nights out.

            Once everyone was satisfied with their shopping, we all made our way back to the train station at a leisurely pace.

            Drinking a smoothie that I got from Starbucks on our way out, I perked up with a question. “Hey! Since we’ve now shopped in Target, does that make us official Americans?” Taking another slip of my drink, I carried on. “Or do we need to shop at Walmart’s next?”

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