August 25, 2005
My husbands roommate in college came to the US from Poland. He was going to try to make his fortune in New York City, but there was a better deal for flights to Chicago at that time. He left with only the money in his pocket to make a new life for himself. He worked three part-time jobs while he was at college with us; I honestly cant remember ever seeing him sleep in the entire time Ive known him. I remember laughing when he finally saved enough to buy a piece of crap car on eBay, and my husband still sometimes brings up the moneysaving kitchen tips he learned from his roommate.
I talked to him this morning, and I cant erase the huge grin from my face. He has a good job in the cellphone industry now, hes working on his MBA, and he just bought his second house, one for him to live in and another to rent out and build some equity. I laughingly told him that hes finally living the American Dream; he replied that he is doing so well that hes actually getting fat. I am so happy for him.
I need to check on our other friend, a Bulgarian who I swear wore the same shirt and pants every day when I first met him. Hes just finishing up his internship in med school.
What a wonderful country ours is.
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