Saturday, July 4, 2009

God Bless the USA

At 15, I spent the summer traveling around what was then Communist USSR as a student ambassador along with a group of forty students from across the USA. The experience was eye opening, and completely changed me and my attitude toward the United States of America, with all the freedom and privileges we enjoy. I returned home just days before the start of the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA where singer/song writer Lee Greenwood gave a free concert, which my parents had to drag me to. For his encore, Lee sang the song he is most famous for, God Bless the USA. After experiencing first hand the lack of freedom in the USSR, I found the words to the song struck a sensitive chord and I couldn't help but cry deep, heaving sobs of gratitude onto my Dad's shoulder that I was a citizen of such a great and powerful country. To this day, I can't hear the song without shedding a tear or two.

Michael and I were going through old video clips and came across one with five year old Nathan singing God Bless the USA, while two year old Benjamin dances along. We had just returned from living in Hong Kong, and visiting China where we walked in awe and silence across Tiananmen Square. Talk about a tear jerker for this mama, even with the comic relief provided by the bike helmets they're wearing...


  1. Unbelievably adorable! Thanks for sharing that! :)

  2. I loved the nose wipe in the middle! No really, I am amazed that he know all those words! That was great!


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