I am glad to be back in Ohio. Not only because we are closer to our family, but because the population here more closely allies to the beliefs that I hold. For the first time in a long time, I heard the National Anthem before a Fourth of July Fireworks display.
I attended the fireworks on the National Mall in 2002, and did not hear the National Anthem. Does anyone else besides me find this disturbing?
This incenses me because of the lack of pride in where we live. I am not talking about support of our government, or even support of our troops overseas. If everyone took a little pride in where they lived, I think that this world would be a better place to live.
Case in point: the dumpsters in my apartment complex. There is not a day that goes by that there is not garbage strewn intro he street. Does anyone besides me stop to pick it up? Sometimes. But it would not be a problem if people did not put it there in the first place.
I am a patron of local businesses. I do not shop there because there are closer, or cheaper, but rather because there are a part of the community in which I live. I know my neighbors. I say, “Hello.” every time that I see them. I come outside to help when their car will not start. I invite them over for barbeques. I do not do this because I am friends with everyone in my community, but because it is the right thing to do.
How easy would it be to walk away from many situations that we face on a daily basis? Fairly easy, apparently. The American way of life must be defended. Not by military actions, but by our day to day actions toward each other. This sense of belonging must be taught and passed on, or it will die; it is not something that just keeps on going without some stimulation.
I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be an Ohioan. There is no place in the world that I would rather be.