I grew up in a US suburb. I graduated from a US university. I've lived in Central America working in an agrarian development project for over two years. I've worked with some of the powerful (regionally) and with some of those fighting to survive. I can find value in almost anyone; sometimes it takes a lot of effort. I've been yelled at, cursed and threatened; or in other words, I was a football (soccer) referee for over 25 years. I've refereed professionals when they were younger and they still remember me. (Don't know if that's good or bad?)
As an attorney, I've worked with people who are simple in the outlook, complex in their emotions or down right scary (serious battery or murder.) A peer once said that "Hepburn has never met a stranger." I try to always remember that. Sometimes a smile or an encouraging comment will help someone else out during the day. But, I also can "step up to the plate" and do a darned good job for my criminal defendant. But, that takes a toll on a person, and I'm seeking something less demanding.
I enjoy England and my language studies here. I'm hoping to make the transition from the US to UK become more permanent. I have family in the US, but I've learned that my two daughters, 23 and 28, are into their own lives and careers. They don't need or really desire my constant contact. The internet sure helps and they have used their passports extensively.