WHS history teacher, Mr. Landreth tells his students, “On the day you were born in the United States, you hit the jackpot!” Today, and every day, I couldn’t agree with him more.
I have been traveling during recent Fourth of July celebrations, but the impact of this patriotic holiday is amplified by my distance from home. The more I explore the world, the more I am humbled and grateful for the land of opportunity in which I live.
When I return home, I am heavily struck by our beautiful diversity and endless personal freedoms. We are educated with the expectation of political participation and debate. While Democracy can seem messy with consensus always a step away, I have visited places where it is a dream for which people are willing to die. Being a global leader carries heavy loads of responsibility for which we should feel honored to bear and I have been blessed to see fingerprints of our generosity wherever I go. Asking our young children the simple question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” says it all for me! We are a land of opportunity where dreaming is an accepted part of our reality.
I am so proud to be an American and wish you all a Happy Independence Day! Eat some fresh tomatoes and a salty corncob for me.