O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
-Francis Scott Key, 4th Stanza, Star-Spangled Banner
Just days ago, I reentered the USA for a few weeks’ visit after 3 years of living abroad. I’ve lived in Prague, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe with my family as expats. We really have enjoyed our time and incredible experiences there. But, there is no place like home: the United States of America.
After 3 years away, everything seems beautiful when reentering the USA, like:
- the wide roads and extra elbow room, just about everywhere
- the comfort found in being able to get what we need when we need it
- a warm smile, a helping hand from neighbors and friends and often strangers
- the simple things, like being able to buy and bring home clean grocery eggs, not covered in feathers or feces
- the softer things, like carpet and sound-absorbent walls
But in the bigger picture, I am most grateful for three things:
3) the Spirit of Possibility
I appreciate a country centered on the rights of each human, no matter the beliefs, background, skin color — that we all may become our best and contribute to the good of mankind.
Thank you, to all in the United States of America for upholding the foundations of our society. May the USA continue to strive, trust, and thrive. Happy Birthday, USA! And God Bless America.