Today on the way to work, I noticed a billboard that said:
Congratulations Steve for becoming a U.S. citizen today.
Steve's citizenship is reminder to me that even with all the negative stories we hear on the news; an economy that still kind of sucks even if the numbers say different; too many people and not enough houses, or schools, or jobs to go around; acts of nature; acts of terrorism; and way too much attention (my opinion) paid to Lindsey Lohan and Kim Kardashian when the real celebrities are the people who respond first in a major catastrophe and the ones who stand on the front line of defense; and the ones who lead their students into a bathroom or closet so they can be safe; and moms and dads who do their best even if their best isn't always that great; and the teenagers who see really scary stuff every single day; and people who rescue abandoned dogs and cats and oil-covered sea birds and seal pups and beached whales; and daycare workers and nursing home workers; and people who answer complaint department phones; and mailmen who lug a kazillion catalogues around everyday; and garbage collectors; Wal-Mart greeters, the woman who hands out numbers at the DMV; and kids who work in fast food restaurants, especially the guy who remembers when I buy a triple berry shake it's for my friend Mary and says, "I hope she likes it."
Yeh, America has it's share of problems, poopoo heads, and a screwed up health care system, but for all that, it's still a place people, like me and Steve, want to call home.
I don't know Steve or what country he came from, but I'll add my congratulations.
May you find happiness in the land of the free and home of the brave.
May you have a safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember to thank a vet.