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Oops! I wrote a post on my full blog on Monday, and forgot to copy it over here! Below is my post from January 21, 2013:
Happy Inauguration Day and Happy MLKJr. Day! Lots going on today with the festivities in Washington for the Inaugural and across the country celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. As I was watching the television broadcast of the ceremony this morning at the U.S. Capitol, my older son was asking tons of questions, as young children are prone to do, about the President, the Capitol building, all the people who were in attendance, why I said it was important, why they were all wearing coats…. you get the drift! He’s a little too young to really understand what was going on, but I did my best to explain the day’s events and to put it into terms that a preschooler could comprehend.
As so many parents will understand, viewing the world through the eyes of a child really has a way of changing your own perspective. For me, today, I saw the pageantry, all the pomp and circumstance, and I was struck by the magnitude of the history and tradition in which all of these events are rooted. It got me thinking about my own roots and what it is that defines America to me.
For this week’s featured “My Favorite” image, I’ve chosen one entitled “Lonesome Road,” which I shot on a farm road in the fields of Western Kansas. Although I did not grow up in Kansas, my family roots are in this area, and it will always be a large part of what I consider to be “home.” When I think of the quintessential American landscape, this is the region that comes to mind. And when I think of what defines the region, I remember the miles and miles of grain fields, separated by dirt roads, with blue skies as far as the eye can see.
Maybe you’ve never been to Kansas, and all you know is what you heard from a friend who drove cross-country about how it’s “boring and flat.” While it’s true that there is a lot of flat land to see (and I admit that it can be a long drive across!), I think that it’s important to get off the beaten path and soak in the richness and beauty of the wide open views. This is about as “American as Apple Pie” as it gets.