The title is not an indication that this first post (or blog indeed) will be full of existential angst. Quite literally I thought I ought to explain who I am and why I am here.
So the title of my blog is “A Pict in PA”. The latter part is easy to explain: I live in Pennsylvania – PA for short. I have done for precisely a week. Indeed, I have lived in America for precisely one week. That segues me into the Pict part which is a little tricker to explain. Partly I opted for Pict because I love alliteration. I actually alliterate without thinking about it because it is a compulsive thing for me. I am, however, from Fife in Scotland – the Pictish Kingdom of Fife. And I am pretty confident that, short of a DNA test to prove it, I have Pict blood coursing through my veins: I am short, dark and hairy and very feisty. So I am a Pict in PA. Simple really.
And why am I in PA? Well what do you do when your husband of many years, the father of your four children, starts a late night conversation with the phrase, “What would you think about us moving to America?” Option one is to smother him with a pillow but I happen to love my husband so I heard him out and actually a lot of what he said made sense. That in itself was kind of remarkable. So my husband, who is a dual US/UK national who had not lived in the US for 20 years, set to researching and investigating how we could possibly relocate our family to the US. It’s impossible to precis the saga that followed so to cut that epic short – just over a year on from that initial conversation, after a lot of immigration hooha at the London Embassy, a great deal of soul-searching and very difficult goodbyes, and a period of the kids and I living apart from my husband – our family of six took up residence in Pennsylvania.
So the purpose of this blog is to record my experience, as an immigrant mother, relocating family life from one side of the Atlantic to the other. The intention is for it to be a journal of sorts, help me process my responses to new experiences and opportunities by typing it out and perhaps even provide family and friends with some insight into what we are doing as a family hundreds of miles away.