Friday, July 04, 2008

America the Green

It's a day about patriotism.
It's a subject that comes to mind more days than not lately.
Speaking with non-Americans about this country is always an interesting experience. I find myself defending my country verbally much more than I would expect. "Don't talk smack about my momma!"
I do make an effort to be realistic and not defensive. I did just spend a month in jury duty (however you want to take that!)

But really, for good, bad and worse, I am an American.


Aunt Kathy said...

I agree, that's a great picture too

Natalie said...

You're totally right. I'm very proud of our history in the sense that we were one of the first to truly dis the rule of monarchy. I guess in retrospective that's like being proud of being human because we invented or stumbled upon fire, but still I think I'm weary of the self-deprecation and almost shame... people and nations have their good and bad sides. How can you look forward to doing good or improving oneself if you always feel bad about who you are?

Melissa said...

Bravo, Natalie. You said even better than I could. That is exactly my perspective on life and acceptance and being an American.