Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

What does it mean...
to be an American

So you may think, how can this girl that lives in Brazil, used to live in Venezuela, married to a Peruvian.....know about being American?

I was born and raised in a town whose reputation was for steel. The Steelers are our football team, the mills spewed out ash that covered cars, houses....
but that wasn't my family. We weren't steel workers, but Pittsburgh was a steel town.
That wasn't my time, but I see the pictures and recognize the streets, the mills.

My family is still living in the same house that I grew up in, my sister lives 3 houses away, my brother lives a street away. Yet here I am, the world traveler, the otherworldly resider.
Well, I am American.
I enjoy the adventure of living in foreign lands, and meeting strangers. I enjoy the thrill of finding something new in a different culture.
But I am American.
I try to learn new languages, I try different foods, I spend my time learning new places.
I am American.

I am American, I have the freedom to do whatever I want, practice any religion, say, generally, anything I choose, wear freedom on my sleeve. My country has given me the ability to discover myself, as a complete person, without the restraints of oppression.
I like to travel and explore, learn and see, live and discover new worlds,
but I am an American.

Let us celebrate the freedoms that our country allows us....
because there are many others that do not have this freedom.

Happy Fourth of July, let freedom ring...
I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the Unites States of America
and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation,
under God
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all


Stephanie said...

I didnt know that your husband was Peruvian!

Happy 4th of July!!!

Betty said...

It´s great to be proud of your country.
Happy Independence day to you and your family!

mythopolis said...

Very well said, BG! So now let's have some fireworks! Zooooom...BANG! zzzzzip.....BOOM!
Kapow! Yay!!!!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I celebrate with you and love your perspective!

Brenda said...

Great post, no matter where we may wander, we continue to be Americans! Happy 4th!

sara said...

Great post! And I too love your perspective!

marina said...

good post hope you enjoy the 4th ") marina

Beverlydru said...

Hi Friend! This is well said. One of my favorite posts. Well, maybe a tie with the photo vacation of Fiji.
: )