JFK International Airport Today
Fifty years ago, on November 22, 1962, an airplane landed at Idlewild International Airport in New York City and I embarked, facing the future fearlessly and with a great deal of excitement; I was 22. The Cuban missile crisis was over, it had caused nervousness at the American Embassy in Stockholm where I was interviewed for my Permanent Resident visa, but I was not to be deterred. Returning home after two and a half years in London, I had felt boxed in and unable to get on with my future in Sweden. So I decided to come to America for a while, not for a better future, my mind was not much on the future in those days, but simply for some more adventures before getting married. Being young in the 1950s that's what you thought happened to everyone -- getting married. Living happily ever after and all that..... I had absolutely no plans to remain in America for 50 years, or as it's turning out, for the rest of my life.
But as we said later in the 1960s, "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans," so here I am today, celebrating 50 years in the United States and Thanksgiving all at once.
Today, I'm thankful for those 50 years, for all that I have lived and learned. I am thankful for my husband, the love of my life. And I'm thankful for his large family, who have become my family as well. I'm happy I have my cousins in Sweden, who still keep in touch with me, and I am so very grateful for my good friends and you, my blogger friends. You know, when I arrived here, I only knew two people in America. Finally, I want to give thanks to all the wonderful and faithful animals that have come to live me and placed their trust in me. All of them for too short a while, still they taught me so much.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE
FROM ALL OF US AT DESERT CANYON LIVING
Source: Wikipedia photos.