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)