America to an English teenager

To the teenage me, living in the drab end of North West London, all things American shone out as exciting, vibrant and ahead of us in culture, music and attitudes, and its citizens seemed to live life in technicolour. Pop singers from across the Atlantic appealed to me far more than their British counterparts, even the Beatles, with Elvis as King, of course. My mother had an opposing view of Americans and called Elvis a ‘bruiser’, which upset me greatly but confirmed my beliefs. A girl from the US joined us in our sixth form at school and said ‘Hi’ instead of ‘Hello’ which seemed so ‘cool’ to me at the time. She was pretty too, with a blond pony tail, if my memory serves me correctly, and seemed to epitomise confident American youth. By the time I reached the end of my teens I had become more sensible and realised you should judge people by their merits, not by their accents, and that all people are equal until proved otherwise!
Julie Norton

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  1. October 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

    To the teenage me, living in the drab end of North West London, all things American shone out as exciting, vibrant and ahead of us in culture, music and attitudes, and its citizens seemed to live life in technicolour. Pop singers from across the Atlantic appealed to me far more than their British counterparts, even the Beatles, with Elvis as King, of course. My mother had an opposing view of Americans and called Elvis a ‘bruiser’, which upset me greatly but confirmed my beliefs. A girl from the US joined us in our sixth form at school and said ‘Hi’ instead of ‘Hello’ which seemed so ‘cool’ to me at the time. She was pretty too, with a blond pony tail, if my memory serves me correctly, and seemed to epitomise confident American youth. By the time I reached the end of my teens I had become more sensible and realised you should judge people by their merits, not by their accents, and that all people are equal until proved otherwise!
    Julie Norton

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