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Read a story in the L.A. Times about a company that charges pregnant women in China a huge fee (starting at $38,000) to obtain travel visas to the United States, flies them to L.A., and then puts them up in a hotel until they have the baby, automatically making the child a U.S. citizen. Add that to the hundreds of parents who trudge their way across the border, walking here from as far way as Mexico, Central & even South America, so their children born here can have a better life. How many others arrive at our borders giving up everything they know to get here with the clothes on their back and maybe a few dollars in their pockets (Cuba, Vietnam, Russia, etc.)
What hardships did I go through to get here? What did I give up? Nothing, I was born here.
I don’t consider myself a wildly patriotic person, although I did serve in the Army during the Vietnam War. But, how easy is it for most of us to take living here for granted? Even the harshest critics of this country have to realize they likely couldn’t do that (at least more than once) in any other country.
Not recommending you immediately start running up & down the street in front of your home, waving the flag, and singing “Born in the USA”…but maybe take a moment, realize how lucky we are as citizens, and the next time somebody or something in the government really makes you mad (like Obama Care)…cut them some slack, and consider what others went through to get here.
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Richard Allan Jones is the author of the comedy adventure novel, DRAFTED, available at amazon.com & the upcoming novel, IDENTITY CHECK.
10. Tired of putting on pants.
9. Wife wants him to take out the trash every day.
8. Kids are starting to call his gardener, “Daddy.”
7. Caught Paul Shaffer cheating on him with another band.
6. Ran out of celebrity questions two years ago.
4. Starting to believe #ConanO’brien phone threats to make David permanently disappear.
3. AARP offered him $100 to be their national spokesperson.
2. Dressing room in Ed Sullivan Theater is haunted by Elvis (and he won’t stop singing Viva Las Vegas).
…and finally, the number one reason David Letterman wants to leave his TV show next year…
1. So he can star in a series of Paramount Hope/Crosby “road pictures” remakes with his long-time TV competitor, Jay Leno.
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Richard Allan Jones is the author of the comedy/adventure, “Drafted,” available on Kindle at amazon.com.