I'm home again. I've been here a week and it feels like I never left. Family is always like that, they make transitions simple.
What has been harder to deal with is all the day-to-day craziness. Things that I simply can not understand with my acquired European frame of mind.
Having to justify medical care for all children. Yes, they do better in school. Yes, they are more likely to have better health as adults. Better reason: they are human beings, they should have access to the most basic necessities.
If a non-US citizen marries a US citizen, they must return to their country of origin for an "unspecified" period of time. A German (no job, no education)woman married to a guy from Irvine is back in the US in a few weeks. A Mexican guy (PhD student, working at the university) married to a Chicana has been in Mexico for almost two years. Hmmmmmm, makes you think.
The whole immigration craziness. 'Nuff said.
But other than that, the OC is a nice place to visit...