Of Thee I Sing

My name is Emily, and I have been accused of being un-American.

Okay, maybe I’m not a lemonade-selling, flag-t-shirt-wearing, patriotic girl scout, but the truth of the matter is that I am an American. I’m a lot of things – an Anglophile, a TCK, a Christian – but I’m also an American. And yeah, maybe I don’t cry whenever I see the flag, and maybe I really don’t understand why we have the NFL, and maybe I could care less about who won American Idol, and maybe I have a few socialist tendencies, but I still love America.

I’m the dark sheep of this family, that’s all.

In honor of your birthday, here are 75 things, America, that I love about you:

(In no particular order, mind.)

1. Edgar Allan Poe

2. Texas

3. Soul Food

4. The Smithsonian

5. Cameron Crowe films

6. David Wilkerson

Niki Cruz trades in weapons for the Bible from David Wilkerson

7. The Amish

8. The Bill of Rights

9. Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. Saturday morning visits to the farmers market

11. The National Prayer Breakfast

12. Landon Donovan

13. Mark Twain

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.

14. Beatlemania

15. 4th of July parades and picnics

16. Almost heaven, West Virginia / Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River / Life is old there, older than the trees / Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

17. Forest Gump

18. Washington, D.C.

19. Super Bowl parties and commercials

20. Yellowstone National Park

21. I Love Lucy

22. The 22nd Amendment

23. Spiderman

24. The Wright Brothers

25. Saturday Night Live

26. Gospel music

27. Johnny Cash

28. Road trips

29. The melting pot

30. Chick-Fil-A

31. New York City

32. Billy Graham

33. NASA

34. Disney

35. Having the customs officer hand back your passport with the words, “Welcome home.”

36. Freedom

I have the right to my beliefs.

37. The Untouchables

38. The Emancipation Proclamation

39. The Grand Canyon

40. Public Broadcasting Service

41. The fact that we still view Marilyn Monroe as a sex symbol, even though she fluctuated between sizes 12-16

42. Seeing soldiers and sailors in the airports

43. Chicago

44. James Dean

45. National Public Radio

46. Mexican restaurants

47. Seinfeld

It’s the show about nothing.

48. The Statue of Liberty

49. BBCAmerica

50. Irene Adler

51. Will Smith

52. The Electoral College

53. Virginia

54. Boardwalks

55. Gas stations

56. The fact that our version of The Office is better than the UK’s.

Wait… no, it’s not. I mean, it is, but…

I can never really make up my mind about this.

57. Cowboys and the Wild West

58. Huckleberry Finn

59. To Kill a Mockingbird

60. Katherine Hepburn

61. Punk’d

62. The fact that Craig Ferguson became an American citizen

63. Route 66

64. Elvis Presley


66. Pop art

67. Swing music

68. The American Dream

69. Corn

70. Cornbread

71. Baseball games

72. County fairs

73. Grease

74. The Civil Rights movement

75. Roller coasters

Well, this has been sufficiently patriotic. Must be the 4th of July. I’m always patriotic on the 4th.


2 thoughts on “Of Thee I Sing

  1. Well, Emily, as King Agrippa said “much learning hath made you mad!” 🙂 But still a lot of things to like in your list.

  2. Pingback: Of Thee I Sing « WanderLust | Of Thee I Sing

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