|I made this collage from pictures I found while Googling "the most American thing ever"|
I'm just like, what? Why are you thanking me? I didn't find the cure for cancer, I just voluntarily enlisted in the military.... because I needed a way to pay for college. Also, I wanted to be the awesome of America. Free speech! Bald eagles! Guns! Gay marriage! Good 'ole Amuricah! (okay, so maybe we don't have the gay marriage thing yet...)
I usually just smile awkwardly and say, "Oh, no biggie..." and then duck my head and quickly exit the vicinity.
Another thing that happens: people congratulate me. I mean, guys. Back when I was still going to college and people would ask me what I was doing, the most I would get was an "Oh, that's nice. I bet you're excited."
Now that I'm doing the Air Force I get a "WOW! Congratulations, that's so awesome!"
Maybe it's because I live in Texas?
Maybe it's because it's adults, instead of my peers that are responding?
Maybe it's because I've underestimated how important my decision was?
I don't know. The reactions continue to catch me off-guard. At least I have a tiny shred of social grace to respond with a cordial response in a timely manner.
Now if only the people I used to go to school with would stop freaking out...