Nine years is a long time to live in a country. I don't feel fully American, but I can certainly detect some changes that indicate I'm being absorbed.
I notice that I say "Please" a lot less now. For example, in a restaurant, I might ask for a new fork and when I ask, I say "Can I get a fresh fork?" and then as the server walks away, I wonder where the "please" went?
I can hear the word "house" coming out of my mouth with a Canadian accent. It is beginning to sound very, very obvious and I could never hear it when I was in Canada.
Once, last year, I actually used "might could". I kind of stumbled over it as I heard it come out of my mouth, yet I couldn't readjust in time to stop it! Lucas had asked if we were going somewhere and I replied "We might....could". Gasp!!!
Because becoming a Mother has coincided with moving to the US, I'm not sure which change has contributed to my becoming much more willing to fight for what is right. I suspect both changes have caused the change. I used to be very unwilling to speak up or confront someone when it was called for and now I feel very few qualms about making a situation right. I try not to be rude about it, but I won't walk away anymore either.
Having been in the US for almost a decade has taught me so much about the two cultures. I have a very strong respect for each nation's strengths and appreciate both. However, I can also see the weaknesses in each system and hope that I can take the best from each and incorporate them into my life as a Canuck living in the Deep South.