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Nov 16, 2019 13:50:11

Different

by @keni PATRON | 250 words | 341🔥 | 346💌

Keni

Current day streak: 341🔥
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"She doesn't even respond to her name."
My 2nd grade teacher complained to my parents. It was my first day at school.
Every single teacher managed to butcher my name. My family and I had just moved to India. I recognized that nobody looked like me.

Being different is the story of my life.

I grew up in 3 continents.
Born in Ethiopia - Africa.
Childhood in India - Asia.
Adulthood in USA - North America.

I returned to Ethiopia at 15. I looked out the window as the plane landed. "Wow."  I whispered, "everyone is black!"

I didn't realize how much I yearned for people that looked like me. I smiled foolishly at strangers in the airport. If they looked like me and spoke my language, they are NOT strangers!

But it took me years to understand the cultural nuances of Ethiopia. I was in high school when I first felt the need to belong and be understood. I soon discovered the love of my life. Psychology. Started as curiosity and blossomed to obsession.
I still can't get enough of books around identity and human behavior.

I moved to the US in 1999. "Could this be home?"  I hoped as I experienced America. It has been 20 years and my definition of home has evolved.

Home is where my family is. They were the constant force throughout the recurring theme of change in my life. My family is the nature and nurture that molded the person I have become. Different.

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    @ Keni - A clear narration

    Gokila Sakthi Ram avatar Gokila Sakthi Ram | Dec 09, 2019 10:37:09
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    @keni - and the winner is... nice to see you used all 250 words -- I'm taking notes for the next round.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Nov 21, 2019 19:36:40
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      @brianball - Thank you Brian. It’s actually less than 250... there’s a bug that counts space or special characters... it threw me off cause I had to edit relentlessly to bring it down.

      Next time will be great .. I predict.

      Keni avatar Keni | Nov 27, 2019 12:06:19
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      @keni - the irony of a site called 200 words a day counting things that aren’t words. C’est la vie!

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Nov 27, 2019 11:21:30
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      @brianball - Yeah the first editor was the best . I was able to consistently write exactly 200 words with that one. C'est la vie indeed.

      Keni avatar Keni | Nov 27, 2019 16:08:34
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    @keni Your family seems adventurous. I'd like to know the story behind the moves. I recall you've written Coming To America. Was the move to India - work-related?

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Nov 17, 2019 23:23:15
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      @seunoyebode - Yes it was work related for my parents. I like adventurous. :)

      Keni avatar Keni | Nov 18, 2019 11:15:31
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    @keni I like your use of the theme of being different to introduce yourself. Well done!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Nov 16, 2019 12:07:39
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      @brandonwilson - Thanks Brandon... It was not easy trying to fit it all in the word limit and still make sense.

      Keni avatar Keni | Nov 18, 2019 11:14:41
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      @keni @brandonwilson yes, I like it too...
      (All the continents starting with a letter A! Well, there still is Australia, oh my god, Antarctica... I just realise they ALL start with "A", apart from the tiny little nondescript blob of Europe... Ooooops)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Nov 20, 2019 19:19:47
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