Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday and Thanks, America!


In the last month I've been thinking a lot about things for which I am grateful. I think of G-d's presence in my life, good health, family, friends, my neurosurgeon. The list is long and not a day goes by without my thanks for all of them. But I would be beyond remiss to omit my gratitude for my country.  

My mother's parents came to this country from Russia and Poland in 1905. My father's parents came to America in August, 1914, just before the start of the First World War. My grandfather was already a refugee from Russia who lived in France when he decided to come to America. He and my grandmother had just been married. Many of our relatives did not come to America and only a small number survived World War II. Though the depression years here were difficult, the alternative is unthinkable.

My infinite gratitude, America! You gave my family a safe home, the ability to earn a living, to participate in a free society and to worship without restriction. Happy 236th birthday and wishes for many, many more!


13 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your thoughts should be those of many of us. Most of us had grandparents that came from somewhere else. I can traces back some of my relatives to the 1700's here in America but they came from somewhere else too. The opportunities were great then and still are today. We have much to be thankful for.

Terra said...

Buttercup, this is a sweet perspective on America's being a haven for your family (the ones who made it to our shores) and for so many others.
Happy 4th of July.

Mevely317 said...

Beautifully said! I agree with Terra's calling yours a "sweet perspective."

TARYTERRE said...

A beautiful nod to all the families and immigrants who made this country stand proud. If not for our ancestors where would we be? HAPPY FOURTH.

Jemi Fraser said...

Lovely! It's good to live in a country that respects peace and freedom and rights. Glad we both do :)

LDH said...

Heartfelt post, Dear Buttercup! Written so sweetly :)

Lynda said...

What a wonderful heritage and such a great representation of our wonderful country.

Chatty Crone said...

It is nice to read about you. Happy 4th. sandie

Mimi said...

WHAT A GREAT STORY!!!
i wish I knew exactly when my Grandparents parents and so forth came to America....I know some but not much...I need to work on it...as once my grandparents died I lost there knowledge...of course I asked and made notes...but I still wonder if I missed something!!!
I too am very grateful!!!
hugs,
jamie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Your is the American Story. I love it. And, your sentiments are shared. blessings ~ tanna

Theresa said...

Sweet post! I am thankful that we all have a safe country to live in! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Catherine said...

Dear Buttercup, I hope that you are feeling good.
This truly is a wonderful country. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a great post.... We who are born here don't appreciate our freedom and what we have like those who come from other countries.... We need to learn from them and start appreciating this great land of ours...

Thanks so much for this post and reminder.
Hugs,
Betsy