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the immigrant and the exile

The expatriate remains patriotic - loving their country from a distance. Their loyalty does not waver.

The immigrant is a foreigner that works in another country as a result of some form of escape, some desperate act.

The exile does not love their country, and it can be said that their country rejected them.

Which one wakes up homesick?

Which one can shrug off the betrayal, the long shadow of the dream of a better life when it sours and fades?

There are days when  I see no difference between the immigrant and the exile, two sides of the same coin. The expat is a blind romantic, their decisions set as young men and women, their senses dulled to nothing. I have started to understand I am not an expat any more, as I do not love my country. I tolerate it.

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - a peaceful song

The Year of the Horse ends without warning, with messy streets and quiet nights. E tells me we should do a Christmas duet but the song is never picked. Instead, one we find one that we can make our own - a song that is more urgent than sleigh bells and innocence. A song worth singing.




Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.







Comments

gina said…
Marco and Eva,

I can't put into words how much I love you both. You mad my holiday so much brighter with your gorgeous song! THANK YOU!! xoxo
janzi said…
What a smashing way to the end of the year... that song with your gorgeous little daughter made my evening, thank you so much for sharing..I hope that you and she will have a super happy New Year together and many more of them** Janzi in england
David said…
Love the picture!! E is growing up! Cant get the video at this low class hotel (Holiday Inn Roxboro NC). I got better internet in Russia. Oh well I will definitely get it when I get home! You guys look great!

Dave

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