Well that is my loyalty done for today. I bought a biscuit tin, filled with shortbread, on one of my journeys to London. I had some pounds left from my visit. I was at the airport. I decided what could be better than to bring a tin of biscuits home to Switzerland showing the Queen.
Not that I use the word “home” when mentioning England. I was never a true red, white and blue Brit. As I was growing older I had a longing to leave this place, isolated by water, and see what the world held for me. Unfortunately my journey did not go far, only to Switzerland where I saw this Swiss guy and he saw me. A year later we were a pair and No. 1 son arrived so we became a family.
I was now a Swiss tax payer, had a Swiss passport and my kids were all Swiss. I did not feel actually loyal, but if there is a football match on the TV and Switzerland are playing I am supporting the Swiss. If the Swiss are playing one of those countries from the British Isles, I am still supporting the Swiss. It came with the Swiss package deal I suppose.
I no longer feel very British, but I like to listen to the british radio – on my iPad just to keep up with the british way of life and who knows, they might decide to abolish the monarchy. We even have the BBC TV channels at home and I regularly watch a soap called “East Enders”. Not really because I am loyal, but because it all happens in the part of London where I grew up. They even speak my ex local lingo, cockney. It has nothing to do with loyalty, but a connection to the old days.
My British close family are no more. I am now a golden oldie and mum and dad have moved on to wherever we move onto. I have a couple of cousins, we still have contact, thanks to e-mail. One of the even wandered off to New Zealand. I no longer feel any conncections to the British Isles, I am now a citizen of Langnau in Emmental. Ok, I am also Swiss but we Swiss tend to have places or origin were your ancestors made their first appearance. My name is Gerber and if you look in the telephone book section belonging to Langnau you noticed that the name Gerber occupies at least 90% of the entries. That’s the way it goes in Switzerland. You have a name? Are you from the Emmental Gerbers? There are also Bernese Overland Gerbersbut they have nothing to do with our Gerbers.
And the Queen of England? she just looks good on my biscuit tin. My bread is Swiss and loyal.