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I guess I am not what you were expected.

I usually get one of the two reactions when I disclose where I am from: “nan, you’re not! ” & “oh really”. Then I have to give them the “look” (they call it the French look)…

 I still don’t get it tho. Do people really expect me to wear a beret and walk around with a baguette under my armpit?

 Then I get the “but where are you originally from?” which I stubbornly answer France!

Reality is that I was born in L.A California, but them spent 23.5 years in France — That has to count for something! I speak French, I breathe French, I cook French and the list goes on! I am American, too, but French to the core and that’s just the way it is…

©️ Daphne Mia Essiet, 2011

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