Okay, so it seems deeply strange to congratulate a former colony on gaining independence, but since it seems to be fashionable these days, on this side of the Atlantic, to scorn the US and Americans I thought I would share a few things that I admire (envy!) about the States.
- coupons – money-off coupons barely exist over here
- chocolate fudge brownies – whoever dreamt these up deserves a sainthood. Chocolate brownies caused me much confusion when I was first introduced to them as in Britain a brownie is a junior member of the Girl Guides (Scouting movement).
- Thanksgiving – what’s not to like about a holiday where you just eat and are thankful?
- garbage disposal – these are so rare here that most people have never seen one. Mind you, if I had one I would probably be terrified of using it, after all I managed to cut my thumb just brushing my teeth yesterday!