I was thankful to be an American today.
I walked out my door and got into my van that was filled with gas that I bought at a reasonable price.
I drove to the bus stop, where my kids all had the privilege of getting on a bus with all of their friends and heading to school.
I went to work in my local government office, and was privileged enough to be able to help resolve multiple concerns for community members in a short amount of time.
I took my daughter to the doctor, where I handed over her medical insurance card that covered pretty much the whole visit.
We stopped at Starbucks for a treat (a tall latte with one pump of chocolate…what else??), which I could afford to do.
I went back to work, where I felt utilized and valued, and spent the rest of my afternoon feeling like I’m actually making a difference at my job.
I picked my son up from soccer, where he gets to spend time with friends bonding and working as a team.
I came home to the best dog in the world and a house that is air conditioned, filled with furniture and a refrigerator, and made dinner from a pantry filled with food.
My daughter washed dishes and put them in our dishwasher, a luxury I’ll never take for granted.
I threw a load of laundry into our washing machine…another luxury I’ll never take for granted.
I helped with homework and chatted with our kids, thankful that I don’t have the burden of homelessness or mental illness or alcoholism to distract me from my relationship with them.
I slid into bed next to my supportive, involved, amazing husband who helps carry the weight of running a household with five kids, and was thankful that I have a partner.
We slept comfortably and woke to the gentle light of the sun coming through our window in the morning, ready to do it all over again.
What a privilege to be an American. Regardless of the politics, Supreme Court drama, or the craziness on the nightly news or in our Facebook feeds, we live in a FREE country. Some days I feel like I’m not so sure how free we all are anymore…but when I really stop to think about it, our freedom far surpasses that of so many others.
As a woman in the United States:
I am free to drive.
I am free to work.
I am free to leave my house when I want.
I am free to worship however I want.
I am free to speak my mind.
I am free to join the military.
I am free to not join the military.
I am free to live my life as I please, and I will never take that for granted.
Thankful to be an American today, because just that title grants me certain privileges that many others are not blessed with.