Friday, July 3, 2009
Appropriately enough, following yesterday's post about supporting independent, local shops, tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States. The American flag and other red-white-and-blue iconography has been so politicized for years, and all the disagreements and disappointments over what it means to be an American have left a bad taste in nearly everyone's mouth. But for the first time since I can remember, this year I began to feel like I really do belong in this country. To me, the United States is beginning to look like more of a place where people can celebrate their differences in constructive, positive ways. Wasn't that the idea in the first place?