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4th of July Story: Waiting for Fireworks

July 3, 2017

Last year I wrote a short story on this blog about something that happened to me on July 4, 1976. It’s been year since I wrote this story, and I still haven’t thought of a better title.

Dysfunctional Literacy

(image via wikipedia) USA!  USA!!  USA!!!  (image via wikipedia)

Even at a young age, I was taught to be proud that I was a United States citizen.  I knew to stand up while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  I made sure our United States flag never touched the ground.  I even tried to sing along as the Star Spangled Banner was being performed, but I was told to mouth the words instead because my singing voice wasn’t good and I sounded disrespectful.

Some people are uncomfortable expressing pride over being an American.  Maybe they even feel like it’s arrogant to feel pride in a country.  I don’t think my pride is arrogance.  I simply recognize that I’m fortunate to live in a country where our U.S. Constitution guarantees certain freedoms and human rights that our government may not arbitrarily take away.  This freedom allows Americans to reach our potential in ways that may…

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