Being an American Abroad

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American-steps on a child's playground slide

Photo Friday: A few thoughts about being an American Abroad: Living abroad can give you a new perspective on where you’re from, in my case, The United States of America. When I was a little girl and I said my prayers at night, I used to give God my address at the end of the prayer so he could find me. Friends of mine from South America have pointed out in the past that they too are from America, just in an another hemisphere and everyone from all “Americas” should point out which one so as not to be presumptuous. People here in Israel tell me that I don’t seem American. With great interest and surprise, I ask them “what does an American seem like?” Their answer is “loud”. I didn’t realize this. Some American reality shows, politicians and news stations (Fox) make me embarassed to be an American, foreingers see these things and make assumptions about all of us. Even though you shouldn’t lump all people into one category, many people do and it makes us look bad.  When something happens back home, like recently when the Americans killed Osama Bin Laden, a few Israelis congratulated ME. I told them I really couldn’t take credit for that, but I hope it makes the situation better (but I’m not holding my breath). My father was a soldier in the Korean war and he was very patriotic, he believed that you should not desecrate the flag in any way. I disagreed with him, I believe you should have the right to express yourself even if it means using the flag to do so-and I also believe that Americans should realize that to be able to protest and express yourself freely (normally) without government reprisal are a few of the many rights we have that shouldn’t be taken for granted-the Middle East is a good place to be reminded of this. My daughters have been learning the pledge of Alligence and the American National Anthem and this make me very proud indeed!

America 2010

The Chicago Theater sign, since 1921, Chicago, Illinois

We’re back from our trip to America, five hectic, fun-filled weeks of eating, visiting family and friends and shopping. I did a few things for the first time ever, like eating smores, I rode a jet-ski, I took wet-felting classes and I saw Las Vegas. No matter how long we’re there, it seems like there’s never enough time. Here are a few of the highlights.

70's wall design, Las Vegas NV
Slide ladder, American, Sawyer, MI
Inspiring Chicago architecture, Aqua Tower, Jeanne Gang, architect
Big catch, Galeena, IL
Big dots on sign, Las Vagas, NV
Black-eyed Susans, part of an authentic Illinois prarie designed landscape, Galeena, IL
Light & movement installment at the Sawyer MI children's museum.
Retro rug design from old Las Vegas hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Gold waffle wall, Las Vegas, NV
Having fun in Madison, IN
Flying kites in Sawyer, MI
Chicago's Navy Pier seen from lake Michigan
Kevin made strawberries dipped in chocolate for us!
Lili-mask, Madison, IN
Psycadelic bar in Las Vegas, NV
Sunset, the natural light show in Las Vegas.
Playing in the waves, Sawyer, MI

An historic day!

I was so thrilled that Barak Obama was elected president, that I felted a puppet of him. This is an historic day, and I see that some of those around me don’t understand why. I see attitudes pertaining to race changing for the better in America and I feel that this is an important and progressive movement in the lives of the American people. I grew up in the Midwestern United States in the 1960’s and I’ve heard and seen the racial attitudes of many of my family and friends and I know we are now moving forward. Good luck, Mr. President!

Barak Obama