What I Love About My Country
15 down, 350 to go. In Seattle.
One of my goals for this journey is to remind us all of the unique and special qualities of our country. I've traveled to some 23 countries so far and not once have I found another place that has the scope of freedom and opportunity that we have here in the U.S. And so as I travel around the country over the next year, I'll try to share with you some of the flavor of the people I run into, and their unique stories, and what they love about their country. I think we need to remember what's incredibly good about what we have, to help reinforce why we should work to ensure the U.S. stays strong for decades and centuries to come. If not for ourselves, then for our children, grandchildren and others who will come after us.
Today as I was walking through a local farmer's market I met a young woman by the name of Elham, who's a single mother with a new business that sells the beautiful children's clothing she makes herself. She was born in Europe and grew up in the Seattle area. She's a U.S. citizen and had this to say when I asked her what she loves about her country.
"People have so many different ways of living and so many ways of making their livings and there's such diversity and there's a lot of innovation and creativity. In other parts of the world where I've lived there's a bit more of a sense of 'this is how you do things'. In the United States there's 'I'm going to find a way to do things' and I find that that's really exciting. I've lived in Switzerland, France, Spain, Ecuador, Panama, and South Africa - South Africa has a bit of that feeling, but here there's just more of a sense like 'we can do it!' as well."
It's starting to feel like the Holidays. I'm looking forward to a great feast on Thursday. Earlier today we received the largest single donation yet - thank you, Tom!