How Time Stops

As I’ve been concentrating on the historical time travel novel a few things have jumped to mind to distract me. I figured if I write them down, dealing with them, these thoughts might subside and go away, letting me concentrate on my novel.

italian-friendsI spent six years of my formative year growing up in Italy. Many of┬áthe ideals and cultural behaviors of the time have stayed with me and have influenced the way I’ve gone about my life.

As I was growing up in the States, the idea of dating always bothered me. I never dated and it wasn’t until college that I actually became interested in relationships with guys, but dating was out of the question because that is what I was exposed to during my formative years.

Married to a Lebanese I’ve noticed the same within the Lebanese community in Dearborn, Michigan. All those that came from Lebanon kept their antiquated culture that is all behaviors and beliefs of when they were still in Lebanon. Years have gone by, they have teenage children and still bask in the cultural habits of the past.woman-with-hijab

When I visited Lebanon, I experienced a very different culture, a more modern culture…

Is this an affliction of all immigrants as they try to keep their culture alive? In doing so, the culture they remember doesn’t move forward with the time and in many instances creates a gap between them and their children who are growing up in a more liberal American culture.

Immigrants are like a dying language, latin for example, it doesn’t change and grow with the times. English, a live language, changes and acquires idioms and slang of the modern generation. Words change in meaning like gay, once meaning happy now meaning homosexual. Will immigrants forever stagnate in their culture of the past?

About Annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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