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The Great American Way – Grade School, Great, Great Grandpa to Great. Great Grand Child

Updated on June 20, 2017

We Are All Children

A mother and child reunion is only a moment away.
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I Tip My Hat To Those Who Stand Tall

Today was award ceremony and promotion day for my child First to Second grade. I owe my son great gratitude. I am really a self-deprecating man. Perhaps due to insecurity and being youngest of 6 humility bordering on shyness formed much of me. And I pretty much buy into that Bible deal about pride in the ego sense being bad, bad and bad.

But do not even suggest that I not be prideful of my family and close friends. I am proud of them and I am proud that they call me friend, dad, brother and husband. What greater gift than who calls us close and loving to them?

So bring it on buddy. I want to talk about my great American way. This may sound counter intuitive. My Native Americans stood real proud and for the most part did not run off. White man was conquering and decimating. But the darn take away is not about who won and who lost. It is that nobody left the battlefield and ran.

My brothers and sisters who fought the Civil Rights wars. Wow! Lynching’s and murder and mayhem and near genocide. And those great Americans did not leave. They stayed and they stayed proud.

Just go to our Brother Caesar Chavez and he did not commit to the retreat he went forward facing much loss and overcame and stayed in my great country.

Gays and that alphabet soup of LGBT and more. They have not left but have carried the fight to the masses and even death on occasion.

Those danged wars. We marched to end some and we marched to support some. And we did not leave. We stood or marched our ground and were humiliate and jailed but we had resolve.

Now we face a new great group of people who oppose and assault our President of the United States. Most I do not agree with and yet I am so down right proud of them. They did not leave and they do not remain silent. They love the Great American way and are working in our way to preserve it for all.

God bless my country!

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Children of a Nation Go Too Willingly
Children of a Nation Go Too Willingly | Source

Just Random Quotes

“I know not what is right or wrong, but I know that love and passion for my country cannot be bad”.

“I have spent sometime around prisons and jails, and I never there did meet a man who wanted to get out and leave America”

“Of many I have two great heroes known the White Man way as Cochise and Geronimo, I have laid my head as they did and worshipped the morning sun as they did – But I could never be as brave as they were”

“Of those interned as Japanese during our second great war, I have never met one or one of their children who did not love America”.

“He told me of his grandmother who had met the great Harriet Tubman, and then got off that train because she was an American, more than a slave”.

“In all my years in America I have never looked at a person and judged whether they were American or not and silly truth be told I have never met a man who has”.

“Women like my mom had to kind of battle against chauvinism, my mom doing quite well, and I never ever heard her speak about going away”.

“I have no idea about where you come from but one of my pleasures in life is to walk a mile in fresh clean morning air to my son’s school. Then before he is let into his classroom a 12 year old comes across a public address system. And we take off our hats and cross our hearts and proclaim our allegiance to our country”

“A totally crazy man wrote and sang a song, that my momma made me memorize on a chickenpox day home from school, momma was a nurse in factories serving in WWII. I wonder if she did that for my grandpa. The song is Woody Guthrie, “This Land is My Land”.

“If you know who you are and you are an American, please do not stop learning.”

“Perhaps I will be an American when I grow up.”

A prayer of thanksgiving; Thank you great nation for giving me the chance to get it right.

“In a day not so long ago I was summoned to teach a nation that was communist but wanted to enter our world of market freedom, I reckon I walked one hundred miles along the Mekong thinking about what I could really help them with. Maybe I missed the mark. But what I taught was the freedom to fail.”

“One day I was clearing land, stumps and brambles and such. It kind of hit me that I should leave all that alone and grow around it.”

“Believe or not Jesus once talked to me. He was rather curt. He told me to shut up, thanks bro!”.

I Kind of Remember Being Here - Not Sure

I Do Suppose He Laughs at Me the Most

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Maybe I Am Just Down Right Thankful. Maybe That Is Out of Style

I have a scythe and a hoe and I have a shovel and I got rakes. I got water. I do declare I have a garden. I know I have no right as I have not earned it as good has come too easy to me. I partly grew up on land that just two generations ago was actually bought from Piute for real money and deeds, not beads and trinkets. It is a land still called Indian Gardens. And I reckon in truth I grew up on a road named Indian Road. Truth be told many of us kids grew up there. The hunting of a mountain lion that killed a calf and take down of hundreds of Diamondback Rattlers all the way to the last big old bear. I am glad that my pappy found it prudent to keep me safe. I don’t think I know a single man who understands that you have to kill predators to be safe. Or maybe today it is other predators.

America is different to each of us. I hope I get that. My fine wife moved here from a place I wanted to move to. Funny or normal, she won as to where to raise a boy. I took that boy on a fine hike just the other day. A very pretty canyon. Special in nature. Did you know that Opie could pick up 1,000 rocks with Andy Griffith and toss them all before fishing? I beg thee to look that up.

Thank each and every one of you. Nowadays we all hold the mantle from Finland to India and from Nairobi to Beijing and for sure that longest distance from San Diego to Bangor.

Please, the next person that reviles you, do the American thing and hug them and pick something out to build.

My Wife Says I Am Grateful.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Besarian. I am quite sure we are to be proud of family and our works. Certainly you want to do your best and be proud of what you offer to God. Would it be good to make an offering you are ashamed of?

      We note that even vainglory is not in the ten.

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      16 months ago

      I think the Bible condemns boastfulness- false pride. How could any mere mortal not be proud of a great family and the love you share? Surely a loving God would not take offense.

      Your son is adorable, by the way. It is evident how curious he is. Even when nothing else makes a lick of sense, you can look at him and see a very bright future there.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I am sometimes "stuck" in the box of that which is tried and true. But I hope and think I do not spend too much time there. I do believe a healthy dose of pride is a good thing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, I suppose there is hell all around us. Perhaps it is simply there to give us good direction to do good. But my eyes no longer focus on the wrong but rather on the "What if".

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      William Kovacic 

      18 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nothing wrong with a little family pride, my friend. And you make a very strong point with the groups that have stood over time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Man you have just got to go all out and sing and dance to Singing in the Rain! I used the screen door as a lamp post. I have to do it before mamma gets home. She just assumes my Fred Astaire is drunken revelry.

      Maybe she is right, I just have this love affair with love and life.

      A day without dancing is not a day.

    • manatita44 profile image


      19 months ago from london

      Ha ha. yes, yes.

      I do have the rhythm for three reasons:

      1. I'm actually from the shores of calypso and limbo.

      2. The mystic poet is always interested in flow, vibrancy, cadence, pace, tempo, consistency ...

      3. I'm mostly like a child, like you. Playful, innocent, likes to sing, dance, laugh ... that jazz we both liked from Hari, I believe, was so cool!! Humour is good for my Soul.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Man, my friend. My elder son drives the HA from British Colombia to Puerto Vallarta. But my young one and I love the Kid Creole the best.

      Dance Party is our git. Can you stand on your toes and make your butt boogey woogey?

      We are going to play the five dance move and then hurt the guy with a ten foot soccer shot. If you do not have the rhythm you do not be a Dierker.

      I was just practicing a singing in the rain deal. I think some salt and soft shoe.

    • manatita44 profile image


      19 months ago from london

      Chuckle... chuckle, both about the young one and America not playing by your rules. England does not play by mines. Lol. Anyway, why should they?

      By golly! We are moving so fast in this evolutionary world! I'm not suggesting that we both go away and return, like Spock in 20 years, but if we did, perhaps we'd be pleasantly surprised.

      P.S After all your boy would be 27 and perhaps the President. (God forbid, I hear you say? ) Sorry, in a playful mood today.

      Much Love, Bro.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, my children kick me butt. And now my 7 year old beat me in soccer and scrabble yesterday.

      America does not play by my rules anymore and that pisses me off.

      And that makes me fly fish or mountain hike or debate politics with all of them with joy.

      The day I realized that I was not always right was the day God embraced me.

      Move over Dr. Dierker and let the new day explode.

    • manatita44 profile image


      19 months ago from london

      A lot here. Passionate and strong. Sometimes, like me, one is triggered to take a certain stance or feel the need to express one's stance.

      I want to join you in supporting America, in so far as I look at the Pioneers and the true American spirit of Jefferson, Emerson, Dickinson and others. I also like Lori Lobo's quoted words very much and find them meaningful.

      By the way, there are two of my favourite articles here, called A Glimpse of Sri Chinmoy's Vision of America, Part one and two. He was a Seer- Visionary with many American Disciples and lived there for 43 years until his passing.

      What he says is all positive, positive, positive ... expressed in the eloquent language of the Yogi. I have captured some of this in my two essays, really. Real lofty one.

      Yes, I love the kid too. Who wouldn't? Much Love this weekend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you. Yes indeed. What more could I ask for?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub, written with passion and it conveys that your life is a celebration! It always makes me happy to see happy and content people.

      This is a great reason to thank the God because this is all due to his kindness. Being born in a free country, having an adorable family and caring friends-- What else can one ask for!

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub with some great quotes!

      Stay Blessed!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Heck Bill they made me schedule a play date with the oncologist. I just ain't got no time to CT scan and blood test. But we put in our twelve and thank the Lord. Tomorrow the sun will shine.

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      Bill Holland 

      19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm dragging today, buddy. Just finished off a twelve hour day and my brain is short-circuiting. I'll stand tall while I wish you a peaceful, easy feeling the rest of the evening.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harish I am glad you enjoyed it. Your country has a great history of great people staying in the struggle. My elder son and I have pretty much settled on our top ten people ever. For some reason we call your's Ghandijji. Something his honorary brother Samir suggested.

      A fun note is that they went skiing in India. Hiking up some mountains and having a blast. Israel and India are on my bucket list.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      19 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Eric, I loved reading what you wrote about your great country and her great people. Being proud of one's nation, people and one's own family is all that what constitutes happy life. Your little son is ready for school life, all the best to the cute kiddy. Wish him happy schooling !

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda. Thank you. I had this strange time in Paris. I was a cook/chef for an oil mogul. I served men such as Golwater and Humphrey. But my main job was driver/bodyguard for Chistian his son. I rammed, futboled and skied, with him. On the Champs de Elysee Christian stood up for me. That was bad. I had to throw myself sideways to take out three. And it ain't how it works but Christian got a cab. The bottles were being thrown as I covered the cab with an all out spread eagle. Dang it hurt as Christian drove away.

      Not my job, but my obligation as I spent a week in the Bordeaux.

      Some of us are hired to protect but most of us just choose to do so.

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, thank you so much for your comment. It stands alone in it's love.

      We do tough love around here. It means that no matter how tough it gets I love you.

      I do not like it always but we do "right trumps dad". I normally come out even. Google has complicated matters all to our hilarious farce. I would say it metaphorically but my children's uncle Brian has literally reached a hand out in boiling waters and saved me.

      That is how we roll.

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      Linda Lum 

      19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, being proud of your friends and family is not a selfish pride. Perhaps it should not be called pride at all. Let's say you admire them and are joyful in and of and about them.

      I love your expression of love for this country. I've visited a few other parts of the world (not as many as you) and have appreciated the people I have encountered, but this is my home and I love it warts and all. Yes, we have problems, scars and wounds.

      If we all just loved each other as you remind us time and time again, those problems would lessen, those scars would fade, and those wounds would heal.

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      Lori Colbo 

      19 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Your last statement is spot on except I don't think it is the American way anymore, but certainly is how we should respond.

      Your little boy is so adorable. You sound like a great dad. Being proud of your family is not the offensive kind of pride the Bible talks about I don't think. The kind of pride that is sinful is the kind that says "I'm greater, I'm more entitled, I'm not accountable, and I'm better than you, I deserve more than you, and I don't deserve what I'm told I do deserve."

      Loved many of the quotes. I'm a big fan of quotes so I enjoyed them.


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