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Kelly McDonald @ThePsychDiaries
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Here's a short thread (20 tweets Ha!) on why I ended up in Keith, Moray from #Norwich in Norfolk & why I wouldn't live in any other nation. This is about about how #Scotland became my home because of love & how this led to support for independence & #SNPOrganiser for Keith 1/20
For context - towards the end of 2014 I came out of a mentally & emotionally exhausting long distance relationship w/ an American, I had just started a degree in Computer Science @uniofeastanglia & found myself content in my own company & 'aloneness' .. 2/20
Scrolling my @tumblr blog, I came across a blog that I found interesting. in 1 post Mr McDonald had written about jumping some stairs in his flat, smashing his head on a door frame, and coming too on his floor w/ blood pouring out his skull. I thought it was funny. 3/20
I messaged him apologising for finding his misfortune hilarious. We conversed. We Skyped. My excuses turned into 'Sorry, I can't make that, I'm Skyping this Scottish dude later'. Mr McDonald was a guitar teacher & metal head & he had a spare gig ticket to go see @slipknot 4/20
Side note #1- I've only been to 2 gigs in my life. @bryanadams at Blickling Hall in the early '00's & George Michael's 25 Live @NorwichCityFC in 2007. I'd had a baby very recently & was pumping breast milk in the toilets between songs. Honestly GM was just ace. 5/20
Mr McDonald was inviting me to travel to Scotland to meet him. Then he'd take me to see @slipknot at the @TheSSEHydro. I've loved Slipknot for so long, & this Scottish dude seemed pretty alright so on Jan 13th 2015 I traveled up here. I was shitting my pants no lie. 6/20
Mr McDoanld IS awesome. On Jan 18th, post @slipknot gig he asked me to be his girlfriend. Less than 12hrs later I had to go home. I knew when I left that at some point I would make my home here. Because Mr McDonald was it. The One. I knew it w/o a doubt. 7/20
Side note #2 - My dad was still alive, though never ended up being able to meet Mr McDonald. He was adopted w/ his bio fam hailing from Scotland. My bio paternal Grandfather was born & raised in Glasgow. I think my dad was happy one of our fam might finally go 'home'. 8/20
Summer 2015 my daughters went w/ their father to stay w/ his fam in Malaysia for 8wks. We used that time to see how living with each other for 8wks would go. It was still a no brainer to me. This would be home soon. It already felt like it was. 9/20
I was welcomed w/ open arms at every turn. People I'd never met spoke & acted as if I'd been around for years. I was relaxed. Life here seemed less stressful, demanding or hostile. Quiet. Peaceful. When my daughter returned home we started making plans. 10/20
In October 2015 I moved me & my daughters ( 6yrs & 7yrs at the time) approx 551 miles from Norwich, Norfolk, to Keith, Moray. Here's the thing - I've never felt like somewhere is 'home'. We moved around a lot as kids & dad always said 'home' was where ever he laid his hat 11/20
Side note #3 - my dad never really felt 'home' anywhere. He spent his life searching for it & never really found his place in the world. He almost fetishized Scotland & the Wallace clan (our bio fam name is Wallace) hoping he'd someday get to feel 'home' somewhere 12/20
I joined the @thesnp the week I moved. Very quickly I was given an education on how the media reports on all things Scottish & in particular how politics & the machinations of Holyrood are reported. I immediately wanted #Independence for my new home (#DissolveTheUnion!)13/20
Post 2015 I have only voted for SNP candidates in any ref or election. I was very disappointed at Moray losing @AngusRobertson. I met him once in Elgin while campaigning & was so overwhelmed w/ ADHD things I had to get Mr McDonald to ask him for a photo w/ me 14/20
2016 I was diagnosed, thanks to @NHS_HS, w/ #ADHD. It changed my life. Having said that #AdultADHD services in Moray seemed rather shit. Which led me to firing off messages to every #SNP person I could find locally. I received immediate responses. 15/20
Keith SNP responded in less than 2mins. Moray SNP too, after a few back & forths they requested my address so that @RichardLochhead could contact me directly to respond. I then attended an SNP meeting in Keith. I kept going every month. Then the AGM happened. 16/20
I was persuaded to take on the role of Organiser w/ 'Ach you'll only need to really do anything if we have another ref or a GE is called'.. Ha! I love Scotland. I feel at 'home' in ole Caledonia. I feel safe in Scotland & welcomed. I wholeheartedly believe in #IndyRef2 17/20
I feel like @scotgov & @ScotGovFM want the best for me & my family. I've never once since being here felt that my 'englishness' has been a barrier or hindrance to working or education. Or anything. Scotland IS my home. An #independentScotland will be our legacy to my kids 18/20
I have notions of Nationality being tied to location of birth, I didn't even know what civic nationality was until 4yrs ago. My Grandfather was Scottish; he may have been born here & I wasn't. But I am Scottish too. #Scotland will forever be the home I lay my hat down in 19/20
I was born English. For 31yrs I was a Norfolk girl through & through.

I will die Scottish because I am Scottish. Apparently I know more of what it is to a Scot than the guy who's job it is to protect or see to the interests of our Nation. #Mundell can GTF.

20/END
P.s I have ADHD, in case you missed that, AND Dyslexia. I have proof read this a tiny bit. But it's also taken me like, 2 hours to write these tweets. So if I've missed something, tough luck. #ADHD #Dyslexia #IndyRef2 #DissolveTheUnion
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