a pain in the ass.
all of the above.
The thing about being American is that many many people think they know everything about your country, think there's nothing interesting about your culture (haha, what culture?!) and that you are probably rich and overconfident.
It's really annoying to be the other kind of American and to hear anti-American slander followed by, "but you're different." And it's really annoying when you really do have something to contribute but no one will let you do it because they think you couldn't possibly have something to say. And it's really annoying that people think American culture doesn't exist or isn't interesting because there are so many Americas and so many cultures.
Blame it on Hollywood and bad American TV.
What brings on this rant you may ask? Why am I ranting when I could be napping and recovering from a string of hellish nights? On Saturday, Jerome went to a meeting at Suzanne's school (while I stayed home and took a bath. In my dreams). Suzanne's teacher talked about putting up a world map and doing activities from all over the world; after each activity, she'd show the kids where it came from. She talked about the Japanese mother; she talked about the Australian father; she didn't mention me although I offered to teach the kids some English songs....
Two weeks ago, I proposed to come and do a Halloween activity but she said, "that's not really part of the French culture." I thought that was a weird response but it is her class and it is her curriculum. She did think it was a good idea for me to come in and teach the kids a song they could sing in front of the whole school and I gladly accepted (Suzanne has voted for "open shut them").
It wasn't until Saturday's meeting that I realized why I was left feeling odd after our conversation since we all know aboriginals and origami are an intrinsic part of French culture. So, Suzanne's teacher seems great but she's unfortunately under the influence of Hollywood. Too bad for her.
PS Mom, I proofread but am too tired to catch all the mistakes.