Happy Birthday, America!

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As we gather with friends and family, get some time off from work to celebrate our nation’s birthday, and keep a look and listen out for firecrackers (during a very flammable time of the year), be sure to appreciate all that the government has done for our communities, particularly in establishing national parks, recreational areas, open spaces, and more.  I found it rather interesting to ask my two kids what they liked about America (and did not, by the way tell them this was for Stroller Hikes – honest!).

Mom: Why do you like America?

Max: I like America because it has lots of cool places… many nature places like hikes and many different animals.

Mom: If you could change anything about America, what would it be?

Max: There would be lots of deserts and I would live in a house with wood and bricks.  It would be really cool.

Mom: But that’s not really changing the country…

Max: Well, I like it here.

Mom: Is there anything you don’t like about America?

Max: Well, I don’t like kings and queens that tell us “you have to do that, you have to do this.”  That’s why there was the Revolutionary War, you know.  I guess presidents are better.  I just want to explore the world like I want to, without laws telling me what I can’t do.  I like to hike and explore and do whatever I want when I’m outside.

Mom: What do you like best when you are outside?

Max: I like best to see nature and see many different animals and find cool stuff.

Mom: Holly, what do you like about America?

Holly: I like daddies and mommies and blankets and candy and critters.

Max: Do you like hiking?

Holly: Hiking! Yay! (with both hands raised high)

How’s that for perspective?  We can relish their appreciation of the world at face value, and accept that we have a lot of work to do, to create a realistic global perspective by the time they leave home.  But for now, I’m pleased that both kids can enjoy their Pop-Its and sparklers, water parks, popsicles, watermelon, and small-town parades, rodeos, and baseball games.

Happy Birthday, America!

–          Debbie (Founder and President), Max (7), and Holly (3)

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