When I was growing up, we didn’t have cell phones, so I never thought about how I was going to communicate with my dad. I started writing letters and eventually gave up on them.
I had a family that wasn’t good enough for my dad, so I went out into the world.
When I first came to America, I was in a very different place. Most of my friends were from the UK, Australia, or Canada. I had a lot of friends that were from Europe, and I lived in a small town in Ohio. I wanted to feel like I fit in.
One of the reasons why I decided to come to America was because of the technology. My mom worked at a university, so I had a good connection with her. I knew a lot of girls from school that are from the east, which was a huge step in my life. I had a lot of freedom around the house. I could go anywhere I wanted. I had an apartment that I could rent out, so it felt as if I was always living in a place that was my own.
This feeling was more than a feeling. It was actually a feeling of being an American, which is something I felt more than anything else.