Thursday, July 4, 2013

INDEPENDENCE


Vagabond Journey

No. 2,008

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The consciousness of having attempted faithfully to discharge my duty, and the approbation of my country will be a sufficient recompense for my services.

(George Washington)

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Hello George

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I've been an American for just over 74 years. My body was born in Port Chester. My heart was born in Provincetown. My mind was born in Boston. My life was born and hammered out on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. My courage was found on a mountain top in Conway and my erroneous self in the valley. My spirit comes from the strings, horns and timpani of the Metropolitan Opera. My soul was shaped by thousands of hours on the stage. I never tried to be an actor. It was a gift. I tried to sing, and I did. I tried to dance, and I did. I am not a typical American, but, in fact, there are none.


As we struggle alone through the undergrowth in the search for the elusive happiness we do things. You may play the trumpet, walk a tight rope or balance the books. You may pull a tooth, dig a hole, pitch seven innings or rescue a cat. Whatever you do you are an American and there is nothing typical about you.


America is not the marble halls of courts and governments, nor the fancy logos of large corporations, nor the hermetically sealed sky scrapers. Those things are salad dressing. America is a bunch of atypical people. And every time one of us does something well America will silently approve.

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Dana Bate

Vagabond Journeys

Never Give Up

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10 comments:

Jon said...

Dana, you've managed to say so much in so few words. It's a gift.
America truly is all about the people who made it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a happy Independence Day!

Geo. said...

You're right, DB. How can anybody be thoroughly typical when each moment that definition changes? There's nothing for it but to declare equality and get on with life in all its variety, all its beauty. Happy Fourtha!

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