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Patriotism

1 Nov

Patriotism-Love of country.

In 1972, my parents moved to the United States from the Philippines. This was a HUGE decision for them considering they had only been married about 5 years, they had a three year old(me), and they were leaving all of their family and friends, not to mention most of their belongings.  Why the risk? For a better life for them and a better future for their kids.  With no jobs and a child, they moved into a small apartment in Detroit with the little money they had to start with. They tell me we only started with a mattress and some blankets. Both college educated, my dad found a job as an accountant with a hospital and my mom who had a degree in nutrition got a job as a social worker for the state. We were on our way. Fast forward 40 years to today.  Both of my parents are retired, I have graduated college and have a great family and career, and my brother is a professional actor in New York City. Was it a better life for my parents? I’m not sure, you’d have to ask them. Was it a great life for my brother and myself? Absolutely. We were given and still have all the opportunities in America to succeed and I am so thankful to be here.

One of the greatest traits of America is freedom. We are free to express our faith and our own opinions and I pray that never changes. Today I voted for our future president along with other political positions and different proposals that would change things in our community. I will be out of town next week so I was able to do an absentee ballot. As I made my selections I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed that my voice makes a difference, another freedom. I have been back to the Philippines twice, do I love it? Of course, it’s where I came from; but do I love America? Absolutely, land of the free, home of the brave. God Bless America.

Today I wear Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Inimitable (which means unique). Chanel is famous for red lipsticks. If you can’t find a red for you at their counter, there may not be a red you’re satisfied with. The Rouge Allure formulation is a full color lipstick that I love and I chose this color because it’s a red that works for me. Today it’s red representing the RED, WHITE, and BLUE!!

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9 Responses to “Patriotism”

  1. Jenn November 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This was so awesome to read!! It is so inspirational…but a big ole smile on my face!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Anna November 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks Jenn!

  2. Jenn November 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    *put* a big ole smile… not but, sorry for the typo

  3. Joyce November 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    It sounds like your parents gave you a special gift. You should ask them if their life is better here than it was in the Philippines.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

    • Anna November 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks Joyce, it definitely was a gift to me and my kids. I’m not sure what my parents would say… Maybe I’ll ask!

  4. Jo November 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    This is precisely what I expected to find here. You are such a wonderful example of what America is and I hope remains, the place where hard work and education pay off. Where a family can begin with nothing and work their way through the years to a good retirement and see their children grown and educated in a free country. So proud to know you. ♥

    • Anna November 2, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      Thank you Jo. Thankful for parents willing to take the risk!

  5. Word Nerd November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m always so impressed by the courage it must take to leave all that is familiar in the quest for a better life. It’s such an act of faith!

    • Anna November 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      Thanks Beth, big time leap of faith to leave everything and everyone behind! Grateful

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