Me: "Who has the best seat in the house, me or daddy?"

Adam: "Well, Daddy's is nice, but yours is best. Your's is squishier."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Proud to be an American

 The 4th is a favorite around here.  We don't do anything spectacular, but we did bar-b-que, watch "The Music Man" and go to see the fireworks.  This year's show was different, because they didn't play all of the patriotic music I am used to, like the 1812 Overture.  
I missed it.  Right up till the end.

The last song they played for the finale was "Proud to be an American".  
As soon as the chorus started, a swell of voices came up from the crowd, 
and everyone around me was singing.  

"I'm proud to be an America, where at least I know I'm free
and I won't forget the men who died 
who gave that right to me."

Tears streamed down my cheeks as I listened.  I thought of the first Sunday after 9-11 when I heard that song with different ears.  I thought of our friends, the Roberts, whose son Derek died in Iraq 4 years ago.
I thought of all the brave men and women who have stood up for what is right in the face of tyranny and death since the first weary sea-farers tumbled onto the shores of freedom.

I know our county's history has it's dark corners.  I know that not every choice has been made in the name of a righteous cause.  But I also know, having lived in another country, what a rare and precious thing the freedom we enjoy here truly is.  We are blessed so much, we sometimes forget what it took to get us here.

I am grateful to God that he saw fit to guide brave men to follow the convictions of their hearts to establish this country, and though I could have been born anywhere, I got to come here where:
there is enough to feed my children
my girls can be educated
I can speak freely
my family is protected
my husband can earn a living that allows me to stay home to raise our children
I can worship God
and I am even allowed to have chickens in my backyard if I want to
(ok, maybe that is not uniquely American, but the law just changed here and I am excited
... pictures to come!).

1 comment:

Ruth said...

My goodness, those girls are becoming quite the young ladies. Watch out Laine...Guy better have the baseball bat ready by the door!!