Saturday, July 3, 2010

Things I love about America

As Independence Day gets closer, I find myself constantly pondering the things I love about America. I’ve even accidentally (ok, on purpose) dressed in red white and blue the past couple days for work to show my spirit. Hey, it’s a good color combo. I don’t see why we should have to limit to one day of celebration here people. My grandmother is always giving me a hard time about how “my generation” doesn’t have any patriotism. At least from my point of view, that is completely untrue. Maybe we are antiwar or rather lackadaisical in our politics, but that doesn’t mean we do not appreciate the soldiers who fight for our freedom, and love every little bit of it that we have.

In fact, every time I leave the U.S. for an extended period, I find myself appreciating this wonderful country even more, and yearning to return home. Don’t get me wrong, I love experiencing all the countries of the world. I just haven’t been to one yet where I could see myself happily living out my life as an ex-pat.

Things I love about America:
-Our magnificent public sanitation system (you do not appreciate it until it is not there)
-Our abundance of free-flowing public tap water
-Our penchant for deep frying anything we can find a container large enough to submerse in oil
-Our tradition of children moving out and living on their own at age 18 (EVERYONE is happier when they have some space from family sometimes)
-Country music
-Our culture of convenience, and love of excess
-The GIANT sizes that fountain sodas come in everywhere (6 oz is not enough soda for me thank-you-very-much)
-Over the top parades and fireworks displays for holidays sponsored by my favorite retail outlet ever, Macy’s
-Keg parties (do they exist in other countries?)
-The American dream 
-That with a porch, something cooking on the grill, and a cold beverage in your hand, everything just seems alright alright

Now, off to celebrate America's birthday!!

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