Found Out By Police My Papers No Good
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March 24th, 2010 – by: magnificent
Where would I go. At that time I did not think about going other places, I guess my fears restricted my spirit to be expressed. After discussing it with my Uncle Yves he was trying to encourage me to go to Amsterdam because he had a friend up there but I was thinking "they don't speak English" I just did not know (I discovered Amsterdam years later.
After my time there I was able to get my Passport stamped then headed back with little money (but have family) to France. I hitched hike back towards Paris. Didn't get a ride that night and ended up in a town called Rouen. I was tired and hungry. Dosed when I could and walked some. I have family all over and found out later that I had a cousin that lived there.
I went back to work but was feeling like I was missing home (or at least what I perceived at the time). Shortly thereafter I came back to the USA to a City called Oxnard where I did one year of my high school and some time as a child with my mother. Six months rolled by, still no job, no direction and missing my French family but I think I was feeling prideful to go back, almost embarrass. I join the Navy branch of the Armed Forces which allowed me to see a few places.
My memories of my times in France filled some of the empty spaces and after some life changes I went back again in 1987 and continued 3 of the next 4 years during the summers. Since then 6 more trips and the upcoming August 2010. Another funny thing is that even after all those times I still don't speak French. Don't get me wrong I use to be able to get around and manage quite well but just pieced together words and used expressions (universal language) to communicate. My family would always say "Bonne Progree" (don't know if that is the right spelling) but I think they were only being nice. The main thing for me is that I get to spend some wonderful times with my family and friends.
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