It was a long trip from Detroit to Heathrow. As soon as the plane touched down people were all preparing for the exit. My seat mate has snoozed even before the big bird climbed into the clouds. She appears exhausted that she barely even ate her meals. I woke her up and told her we have arrived. She said thank you and started gathering her things. She asked where and whom am I staying with . I told her my niece will pick me up. She is a nurse but works as caregiver here. She stared at me and I can see beneath those beautiful chinky eyes her sad story and sorrow. As we went through the immigration we became comfortable with each other and chatted all the way to the lounge. We decided to drink coffee. We started again conversing about life and work then she said,” Is your niece a registered nurse here?” I said I don’t think so, as far as I know she is here with a student visa so she only work part-time as caregiver. I can see the tears in her eyes and she told me her story. She is popularly known as Marie, she is also a nurse and came to London several years back with a student visa. She was then full of expectations at that time but all her dreams crushed when her goal became unreachable as the situation became worst and very difficult. Immigration rules are changing and applying for the RN registry requires tons of money that is hard to earn when you can only spend few hours here and their as carer or caregiver. Yet you still need to send money to pay your loan back home and give allowance for your siblings and pocket-money for your parents. Suddenly, I saw a flicker of bright light in the corner of her eyes. And I asked her, then how did you go to the US? And she told me, ” I met this guy in a coffee shop during one of my rare leisure time. We liked each other and started dating. We are getting married next month. I came back to finish things and say goodbye to my friends and employer.” Ten minutes is over and I’m sure my niece is eagerly waiting for me in the arrival area. We exchanged business cards, congratulated her for the upcoming wedding and to keep in touch.
Marie finally found a love match that would give her a brighter future and not the gloomy London dream. What about my niece!!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder where is she, as soon as I came out I heard her yelling my name. And who was that blond beside her????????? Oh my gush…. is it another London crush..my niece pls… don’t rush..
…..until next episode…