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Apr 07, 2019 16:00:10

Coming to America (2)

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 348🔥 | 353💌

Keni

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The customers at my first job at Kmart complained about me not being friendly. 

I had school and 2 jobs at that time so I had no appetite for smiling at customers. Apparently it showed.

But I couldn't afford to lose the job. Not yet.
I decided to give this fake enthusiasm a try. 

I began watching the other employees to learn from them. There was one particular lady who always smiling. She was bubbling with energy at any time of the day.  

One night when both of us were at a break, we started chatting. I realized that she was a genuinely nice person. 

Suddenly she asked me - Why are you so sad?

That question took me by surprise.
I didn't think I was so obviously sad... Was I?

I couldn't answer her question.

Instead, I asked her - Why are you so happy?

She answered without hesitation. - Because I am divorced. 

Coming from a place where divorce was taboo and rarely publicly admitted, I was surprised to hear that. I have never forgotten those words. I remember being a little scared of marriage if divorce can have such a profound effect on happiness.


Oh America - I have so much to learn. 

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    @keni @keni So many funny twists in so few words! I love it :)
    I also learned to smile a bit more in America...

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 09, 2019 17:56:50
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      @philh - Thank you Phil.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 18:27:14
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    @keni refills popcorn cup

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 07, 2019 21:24:46
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      @keni @seunoyebode

      <i>Runs to the snack bar for another soda water </i>

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 08, 2019 14:15:14
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      @keni @seunoyebode @abrahamKim Soda water with lemon of course! This reminded me of an old joke: Why is marriage so expensive? Because it's worth it. Unfortunately, the institution of marriage has eroded in this country, and I don't see any signs of a return. There is a lot of divorce in my own family. For this reason among others I have chosen not to get married.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 08, 2019 08:53:13
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      @seunoyebode @brandonwilson @abrahamKim - Popcorn, soda water with lemon refills.. we have a few more episodes coming up.

      Brandon - I wouldn't say the institution is eroded here. Life is just very stressful and we have little energy left to invest in people. You may be surprised to hear that the rate of divorce in immigrants is extremely high in the US. It is more about the way of life than the people. Hmm- someone need to write more on this.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 10:55:14
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      @keni "Life is just very stressful and we have little energy left to invest in people..... It is more about the way of life than the people. "

      I beg of you to write (expound) more on this.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 09, 2019 17:02:46
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      @seunoyebode - ok 'Seun. It will be tough because my post will be based on my observation than research. I will give it a try after my coming to America series.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 12:06:06
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