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A Fourth of July List of 18 Things I Love

A non-exhaustive list of things, people, and events I love about being American (in no particular order).

1. I can worship however I want. Or not. Church. I love it.

2. Public School. I take it for granted (I do) that my kids have gotten to go to school in their own neighborhood for the cost of supplies and minimal fees.

3. Washington, DC. Love that city: the restaurants, the museums, the history. Plus it has one of my daughters now, so it's even better.

4. Rosa Parks. What a woman. Proud to say we share the same nationality.

5. The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Because of this legislation, I have friends and mentors I never would have known. Thanks be to God.

6. Abraham Lincoln. A complex man who persevered through personal and professional difficulties to realize a dream. Since my childhood, I've considered him a hero.

7. The Gettysburg Address. These few words carry a magnitude of meaning. Also the economy of verbiage taught me more about writing than any class ever has.

8. Public Libraries. Ahhh. Where memories are made and dreams are formed.

9. Blue Ridge Mountains. Home.

10. Gardner-Webb University. My third and favorite alma mater.

11. The South. Flawed though it may be, it is still my home. And I love it.

12. Free Speech. I have a lot to say.

13. Roger Williams. He was nearly 30 when he arrived on North American shores, but what he did for religious freedom in America transformed our future.

14. White Lake, NC. The setting of my childhood family vacations. It sounds like joy there.

15. Jury Duty. I've got opinions.

16. Voting. Lots of opinions . . .

17. Fourth of July Fireworks. Caveat: OFFICIAL 4th of July fireworks. All the booms and explosions in backyards for the week preceding the actual event drive me kind of crazy--mainly because my beloved Charlie (may he rest in peace) was terrified of them. But the actual celebrations? The official, safe, sanctioned productions? Oh I love those. So beautiful, so exciting, so fun.

18. Denzel Washington. I like beauty. I just do.

What is something you love about America?

 

 

About the Author Aileen Lawrimore

Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.

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R. Barnett says October 15, 2013

Your #14: Isn't Roger Williams British?

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