One of the first times I ever left the Northeast was to see my husband [he was my boyfriend at the time] in his home state of…you guessed it. Tennessee.
Confession: I am obsessed with aquariums. Yes, I have a list of them and I have highlighted all of the aquariums I have gone too. I also don’t care about how many times we go to the same aquarium… I LOVE THEM. [Except the Ripley’s chain…. I have noticed that those are all the same]
For my birthday he was taking me to TWO aquariums! [My birthday falls around Valentine’s Day so we were killing two birds with one stone….long distance relationships…sigh]
First stop was the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. It was amazing! Love the place. To this day I think I have been there over a dozen times…can you tell I am OBSESSED?
We were walking around and exploring each exhibit and we stumbled upon the sturgeon tank, which also was a touch tank. We walked over to it and noticed there was a older woman volunteer standing there, and this is when it gets interesting.
Volunteer: Good Afternoon! How are ya’ll doing today.
Us: Great! Thank you
Volunteer: Well, where are ya’ll visiting from?
Hubs: Well I’m from Knoxville
Me: I’m from New York
Volunteer: [looking directly at me…] Oh, okay. Well how long have you been in the country?
Hubs looks at me with that devious smile of, I know you’re going to be angry…and at this exact moment I am so floored at the question. I mean really? I just said I was from NEW YORK?!?! That is a part of THIS country. The United States of America!
Me: 27 years, my whole life. I was born and raised in New York.
Volunteer: Oh. [Like she does NOT understand how I was not from another country]
Now, you would think that it would end there right? Absolutely Not! I was amazed already at the conversation we were having…but there’s more!
To be continued…