AP is a proud British national. If you come to England, he will gladly show you around this tiny isle and he’s well versed in factoids of history and geography so that he could easily compete with any tour guide.
He loves the English countryside and village life. He is very proud of Wimbledon, the BBC and the NHS. And he loves the character of the British people: Reserved, self effacing, creative, and upbeat in the face of disaster.
And so you will understand AP’s shock and dare-I-say pain when he heard me tell my cousin that the best thing about living in England was that it is close to France.
“WHA?! Wha?!” he stammered. “I cannot Be-lieve you said that!”
It’s not that I don’t appreciate England. One time I got teary when I saw the rocky coast of Devon.
But France is all like:
I am very happy there.
And guess where I’m going tomorrow?