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Happy Birthday, SeoAh. And, United States!

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Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon, South Korea

Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon, South Korea

SeoAh’s birthday today. American independence day, too. She’s a sweetheart and now celebrates her birthday in and around U.S. military bases. Strange the way life works out.

She’s on her way to Korea at noon today since Joseph has a six week long course in Nevada.  Joe will go there in mid-August when his classes finish.

It’s a bit odd, maybe a lot odd, that our Calcutta born son, now married to a Korean woman, spends his days working to keep America safe. If that doesn’t push back, hard, against those who hate immigrants and people of color, I don’t know what will.

Especially since my immigrant ancestor, Richard Ellis, served as a captain in the American Revolutionary Army. He was Welsh, sent here from Dublin, Ireland by his mother after his father was killed in battle. The Ellises have been here for a long, long time. Now, continuing that line we have SeoAh and Joseph. This is, for me anyhow, the American Dream. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo fireworks here in the mountains since we have a stage one fire ban in effect. Still, I’m celebrating the birth of this nation. Its central idea, that any who agree to its principles can have an equal say in its governance, is so radical that it is often overlooked. Also conveniently forgotten is the reality that all white people here, that’s absolutely every one, are all boat people or descendants of boat people. Immigrants with no exceptions.

What we have in this already great country will survive even the depredations of this bizarre President. Yes, we have to resist him, but we will. The journey of these United States is not over and its ability to contribute to the world at large is not over either. As long as the Joseph’s and the SeoAh’s are here, ready to live their lives both with and for us all, the dream lives on.

 

 

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