I get so emotional every year around this time because I am truly thankful to be a native-born U.S. citizen. My kid and I run out to get a new U.S. flag and flag pole for the porch so that they will be pristine for the Fourth of July.
Two of Langston Hughes poems always come to mind. The first is:
I, Too, Sing America
"I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I'll be at the table When company comes. Nobody'll dare Say to me, 'Eat in the kitchen,' Then. Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed -- I, too, Sing America.
The second poem, Let America Be America Again, is amazing in its timeliness for this election year and too long for this letter. It speaks of many things liberals and conservatives have been talking about. Please consider looking it up. Langston Hughes, an African-American poet, died in 1967.
Zona Gale, Richland