Though life in america has its plus points, I always miss - The ease with which you could get medical attention (for every day illness). Here in the pacific northwest, I need to call for an appointment after 3 days of fever and wait for next available slot which could be days away. With medical costs being astronomical, I have to stay within the insurance's network of doctors. when our son fell and broke his teeth, the only children's dentist (our regular dentist wouldn't see him) in our area was not covered by our insurance. - The affordability of services - whether its vehicle problem, appliance trouble or a difficult stain to remove. Even after all the expenses, the problem is not fixed. As one of our Russian friends said "there are lots of "experts" here - and not many fix-it-all people like back home" - Our thrifty environment friendly ways. In developed countries everything is disposable- plates, paper towels, appliances . a small party generates so much of trash. I grew up using broken pens as pencil holders and daily calendar as rough note for sums - The innocence of kids. I feel that american children grow up much too early. Everyday I see school kids smoking ; middle school children's language and subjects of discussion makes you forget they are after all children!! Add your thoughts to this list of things that make you wish you were back home.