This photo was taken at a quilt show in Sisters, Oregon.
As many of you know I love to travel. My exuberance, obsession, and inclination for participating in a variety of part-time and full time employment is pushed by a forceful and robust desire to travel the globe venturing beyond the borders of the United States.
I have learned through the years that travel is only a topic of conversation with those who share in the ability and zest for globetrotting. Others’ who aren’t as “tuned in” will listen as long as a three-year-old and not without some behavioristic moves on my part to include refreshments, before their expression glazes over to a look of “will this ever end”. However, I do appreciate their thoughtful attempt of encouraging me with my adventures with the understanding that they are off the “hook” in five seconds or less. Thus, I stick with those who truly appreciate the wonder and exhilaration of travel.
Among the questions that I receive is usually “Which country in your favorite?” I used to hem and haw about answering that question. I loved all of them for different reasons. It was a difficult question to answer off the cuff without some serious reflection.
Lately, I find myself with time to ponder such a question. You may be surprised at my conclusion, then again perhaps not. The hoopla around “kneeling” when the American Flag is being honored has given me a great reason to think about my favorite country and why it is a favorite.
Hands down, I stand tall and shout that the United States is my favorite country. I have lived in several communist countries for a number of years and experienced first hand what dictatorship and tyranny really means. Not once while living in the U.S. has my internet ever been censored, my telephone conversations monitored, or have I needed to ask permission from the local police station if I could move from one apartment to another. This is truly the greatest country, and I for one am very cognizant of the privileges that we as U.S. citizens enjoy.
Our founding fathers were extremely intelligent and “future sighted” when they created the United States Constitution. I am forever thankful that they were not afraid to establish freedom and equality for all, empowering us with rights and freedoms that many other countries do not allow their citizens to experience. I will be the first one to rise to my feet and honor the United States flag and all that it represents.