I Want to be an American

God Bless AmericaThis election season has been fraught with meaningful conversations with our children. Last week, a conversation between my children about political parties ensued. I wasn’t party to this particular discussion, but I was privy to listening to it. Discussion about what they thought of the different political parties turned into a conversation about which political party they might want to join when they were grown. My eight year old replied, “When I grow up, I want to be an American.”

Apparently the adults in our family are not the only ones who are tired of the bickering and name calling that has ensued in this presidential election. Many citizens seem to have forgotten a fundamental ideal, one  pointed out by the innocence and wisdom of a child. We are ALL Americans, and we should all be working together to help one another. Let’s work together, as a community, as a country, and as a world to make this this a better place for everyone, ensure the rights of everyone, just as my own rights have been fought for by others before me, and to remember that we are in this together.

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