- Burgers, BBQ and Diversity
While we pride ourselves in being a diverse nation when it comes to the general population, there may be no greater example of diversity in this country than the way we like our burgers. Burgers and fries are an American classic, but one that everyone does just a little differently. Single or double? Ketchup, mustard or mayo? Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle? Cheese – what kind? How do you like it done? Do you want bacon on that? There is a burger combination out there to please everyone! Between burgers and barbeque, Americans know what they’re doing on the grill! Cheers to juicy burgers, crisp fries, cold beers and the condiments of your choice!
- The American Dream
Busting your tail is like a badge of honor in this country, as it should be! Laziness isn’t a great personal quality. Grit, determination and willingness to work hard can open a lot of doors to success. On the flip side, America is also the only country I know where a “selfie” is a business model. The only place where you can become famous for good or bad reasons, or just by association, and earn a paycheck by posting selfies on social media. What!?! I guess that goes to show we truly are an equal opportunity country and everyone really does have a chance here. However, I’ll always be an advocate of the hard work method.
- Trucks & Free Speech
I feel like I owe Henry Ford a huge thank you. God bless that that man, he was a visionary. The Model T was a game changer. I cringe to think what our roadways would look like today had someone else invented the minivan first. Yikes! Now for anyone that drives a minivan, don’t get bent out of shape, I still like you. With the American spirit in mind, and that wonderful right to free speech where we can openly voice our opinions, I can tell you minivans just aren’t my thing. To each their own – and for me, that’s my Ford truck!
- Blue Jeans & Wild Spaces
Full disclosure: I don’t own khakis or a suit…or even a pair of shorts. Jeans are the only pants in my wardrobe. That’s probably why I appreciate the casual nature of this country so much. You can wear jeans to church or to a business meeting, and in my case even to your own wedding and never be over or underdressed. Better yet, because jeans are so versatile, that means I can go straight from work (or from a wedding) to my hunting blind and never miss an opportunity to fill a tag and my freezer! Thank God for the ability to hunt, fish, recreate and enjoy America’s wild spaces and use the natural resources found to feed our families.
This one should really go without saying, after all, it’s kind of the staple tenant this country was built on. However, I have a deep appreciation for the freedoms and rights we enjoy as Americans. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms and more. When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, as a husband and father, I cherish the ability to be able to protect my family with a firearm. As a hunter and outdoorsman, I’m also thankful for the right to use firearms to hunt, fill the freezer and feed my family with the wild game of my choice. And as an American, I’m proud of and grateful to the men and women in the military that serve our country and protect us, and our freedoms, each and every day, even at the expense of their own lives.
While there may be a lot of division in this country right now and an endless amount of people that cannot see how blessed we truly are, I have a profound respect for the American way of life. God Bless all of you and have a safe and happy 4th of July. May you still have all your fingers by the time your firework display is over.
Hugs, Handshakes and Happy 4th