Monday, May 30, 2011

Freedom




The thought hadn't even crossed my mind to post anything today but then Jerry came home with the kids and he had bought them both American flags and as I was watching them play with the flags, waving them around, I decided to take a couple of pictures. Watching the kids got me thinking about freedom, our country and what it means to me, also to Gracie and Kyle.

Looking at Gracie, I sometimes wonder what would have happened if she were still in China. Would she be in the orphanage, would she be with another family? Would she be loud and outgoing as she is now or shy and quiet. I think about the people still living there and try to imagine what it would be like if I was not born in the US. Would I be stubborn as I am now and fight for what's right or wrong and stand up or would I not say anything at all.

Kyle was not born in a communist country, but he could have easily been born in North Korea. Even though South Korea is not a communist country, there are still social stigmas in place, especially with single mothers and adoption, so would that be considered not having freedom?

I can't look down upon China and South Korea or talk negatively about them, as those two countries gave me something so precious, that they will never know how grateful I am. China and Korea didn't have to allow me into their country to adopt my two children but they did and for that, I am thankful. I may not agree with their policies or stigmas and that's okay as I have the freedom to do that.


On this reflective and beautiful day, I want to thank all of those who have died serving and protecting our nation. It may not be perfect, but it's ours.

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