I wanted to post this earlier, but was waiting for Lent to end. Tom Cowell, a British comedian married to an American woman, reflects – in the wake of the news of the split between Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin – on the advantages and challenges of a bicultural marriage. I found the following both amusing and thought-provoking:
Americans are so wonderfully, sincerely down-to-earth, we have trouble believing it. To the cynical British mind, any genuine pleasure in meeting a new person is a sign of potential mental illness. But Americans actually want to make new friends. They want to get along with you, stranger. It makes one’s life infinitely more interesting to have an American around, because you meet EVERYONE. It’s like permanently going through life with a puppy, or the latest iPhone.
To be sure, Mr Cowell is exaggerating for effect, but one of the things I most love about Americans is their openness and sheer zest for life. Let Europe be cynical. Let’s hear it for friendship!