Officially, this is my first Independence Day as an American citizen. A draft of something lengthy and involved and emotional and largely unfinished sits on my laptop. I hope it emerges eventually.
I love this country. I love my freedoms here. I love the servicemen who devote their lives to keep this country safe and relatively secure. I love this country’s founding fathers and their vision. I want their vision, especially when we get things wrong.
I love my family and their sacrifice and unending support. I love my friends.
I love seeing new and different people every day, making eye contact that means we know we’re in the greatest country in history.
These thoughts are no different from previous years. But a friend reminded me yesterday of my citizenship, and I got excited, and I started clapping, and now there’s all this … power.
I’ve lived and worked and thought like an American for all of my life. People have assumed I was American for just as long.
And now I am. I wish I could describe it. There’s nothing like it.
Happy Independence Day. Happy July 4th. Share the excitement about being American.
I’m off to a picnic and maybe attempt to watch the fireworks. We’ll see.