13 Years in America by Melanie Steele

By Melanie Steele

An inspiring memoir approximately one woman's look for happiness and achievement in modern day the US. After relocating to the USA from Canada in 1998, a free-spirited younger girl rejects the established order and embarks on a trip to find what it potential to be really satisfied and fulfilled within the Land of chance. Her 13-year seek spans part a dozen states, a number of fearless adventures, and ever-increasing crises, divisions, turmoil, and discontent. via all of it, she holds directly to her fearless pursuit of happiness and success opposed to ever-decreasing odds.Bold and encouraging, thirteen Years in the United States is a relocating own trip and a pointy, challenging examine the yank Dream. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The highway brings us into a town, but there’s no hotel that we can see. Then we’re past it, on to the next town. I flip the headlights on. Tall grass and small, rolling hills spread out on either side. Little roads branch off and seem to lead to nowhere. I pull off on to one of them. Scott looks up from the map. ” I answer him by pulling over and turning off the car. Outside, everything is still. The daylight is nearly gone, but enough remains for me to make my way down a little bank to a dried up river bed.

I’ve never seen the city I’m about to move to. I must be crazy, to be standing here. But even as I think these thoughts, I know they’re just fears surfacing. My heart tells me I’m doing the right thing. “I do,” I say. And I mean it. THE DREAM We spend the night in a Super 8 motel just outside Minneapolis. My appointment’s at eight o’clock, so we need to be close. Actually, it’s not really an appointment. More like I have to sign in and spend the next six hours waiting to have my picture taken and my papers stamped.

And what else? What am I going to do here? In a few hours Scott will be getting up and heading off to school, and after that he’ll be going to work at his part-time job at a motel nearby. What will I do? Nothing. Fact is, I don’t have anything to do. I won’t be able to enroll in classes, get a job, or even get a driver’s license until the immigration paperwork goes through, which will be months. Until then, 32 | M e l a n i e S t e e l e I’m just waiting. Watching Scott do his thing, waiting for us to start doing our thing.

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