Although I'm Egyptian by heritage, I've always been American in my head and in my heart. (Of course I'm a Muslim but I'm not talking about religion here so don't go commenting about that) Even after living here in Egypt for 8 years now, you can't shake where you were brought up, what you've always known since being a child or the way you think.
But now I find, I've surprised my self in my reactions to things. I won't go into details but someone recently made a remark to me about our decision to live here. Now I'm the first person to complain about Egypt but can I just say? That little dig? It made me defensive. I felt attacked not just personally but on a patriotic level. Now we all know there are a lot of things wrong with Egypt but there are a lot of good things about this country as well. The same is true of any country of course.
I think that part of why I feel the need to defend Egypt at times, comes from my blood, but I believe it's primarily from living here. As much as I complain and roll my eyes about people here and the way they do things, I've also seen the best of it. The warm hearted people. The hospitality. You know your Neighbours and share your food with each other. The sunshine year round. The beautiful sea. The all around relaxed environment. Never feeling like you're not welcome, just to name a few.
Tensions of late in the US regarding Muslims are at an all time high and I sincerely worry about that as a potential problem if we were to go for a visit.
In the end I'll always identify as American first, but don't you ever imply that Egypt is not a good place to live or bring up children. It only makes you sound elitist and arrogant. /rant