I’m neck deep in preparation for the annual visit with the Boys, but I’ve got patriotism on my mind. Merriam Webster says patriotism is love for or devotion to one’s country. It’s not a strictly American concept, by the way. The Scots were the first to have a national identity. While their English neighbors were from Suffolk or Norfolk or Lancashire, the Scots were Scottish. Maybe the ones transported here after the failed Jacobite Rebellion brought that concept here. Many of our founding fathers were of Scottish descent.

So what does it mean to be patriotic in the 21st century? I’m not sure anyone really knows because as far as I can see, patriotism has drowned in a sea of every day cares and personal agendas. We want what’s best for us and our families more than what’s best for the nation. What if we looked past the parades, fireworks, and barbecues this week and thought about why this is a really great place to live?

Just a thought.

Happy Canada Day to our northern neighbors, and Happy 4th of July to my American friends.


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