Monday, January 19, 2009

Oh, Say, Does That Star-Spangled Banner Still Wave?

There's a flag flying in front of our house for the first time ever.

I gave Dave a chance to talk me down from the ledge. Veto power over my impulse. His response?

"You should show your excitement!" (Is it any wonder I married the guy?)

It's there because, for the first time ever, I can say I'm proud to be an American. Not just thankful to be born in a privileged country with the highest standard of living in the world. Not because I live in one of the most beautiful and bounteous parts of that country. But because we have a new president who represents hope with a big helping of optimism, tinged with the sober realism of the work we have to do together. One who sees in the rest of the world a chance for peace and partnership rather than a threat to our way of life or an opportunity for exploitation.

In the past, Old Glory hasn't been representative of my feelings about my country. But now I want to say, "I'm on board!" when it comes to helping solve the daunting crises facing us. And so there it is, waving in the wind, symbolic of a new beginning and opportunities being born. Long may it wave.


Kiezie said...

Bravo!! I have a flag pole, but no flag. And for the first time, I WANT one!! :) Great post, I love the energy in the blogosphere today!!

Kathleen Bauer said...

As my brother said, "It's a good day to be an American!"

Jenny said...

It feels so great to be proud to be an American today- a pride I haven't felt in many years. It still feels weird to say!

Sharon67 said...

I woke up at 4:00 with the thought that I needed to put my flag out this morning as soon as it was light. It was the only one on the street but I know my neighbors knew it was because I wanted to say I am proud to be an American. Yet, I am proud to be an American EVERY day. This day just had a little more substance to it! I hope you will wave that flag any chance you get. I think every one needs to see the unity it invokes in all of us.

Kathleen Bauer said...

Jenny and Sharon67, I'm so with you. Who would have known? My friend Kristin is there, too...I think we all want to help where we can. Let me know how you decide to engage!