Would You Say It With Me? I Am Proud to Be an American
Proudly Naturalized American originally from the Philippines
Yes, that’s me a naturalized citizen. I chose to be an American. Why? Because this is a great country. I am in love with the values of freedom and liberty.
Although the Philippines, the place where I was born is a third world country, my family's status is more than A-okay -- almost affluent. So, I really did not miss anything at all during my growing up years. I was educated in private schools, and had all the toys I ever wanted. When I was little, my dad always gave me a jigsaw puzzle of America whenever he came from a trip in the United States; and of course, he told me stories of how wonderful the people are and how the views of the land are breathtaking!
I love to be an American because I love American values - the freedom and liberties. I was told about the sincerity of the people in helping one another. Groups are formed for this purpose like, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the American Red Cross. To be part of a country that helps its citizens and people from other countries is truly amazing.
My father read to me Dick and Jane books, and Mother Goose nursery rhymes. He sang to me patriotic and country songs. When I was 4 years old, my mother taught me to write the English Alphabets.
I love my Raggedy Ann Doll. Of course, I love my Barbie dolls.
The very first movie that I ever saw and remember is Bambi produced by Walt Disney, and I cried buckets and buckets of tears. When I was in gradeschool, I would rush home to catch Sesame Street. Late Sunday afternoons was spent with the Muppet Show. Around that period, my night time show was Little House on The Prairie. I also remember the cartoons – Superman, Popeye the Sailorman, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons.
Then, when I was in my teens, I became fascinated with Hallmark greeting cards and Holly Hobbie. I also received my very first Parker Pen.
On American-made …
Now that I am much older, I still enjoy the books, the dolls, the shows, the pens and other things from my past. I buy American-made products like Pyrex and Corningware, glasses by Libbey, sewing machine by Singer. My husband, he wears work clothes by Carhartt. Sadly, as of writing, not all products I mentioned are wholly made in the U.S.
Of course, when I was much younger, the value attached to it is because I find entertainment and pleasure and that’s all. Now, the value lies more than appreciation – in anything American-made. It brings me to awe, how this country encourage creativity; the freedom to feel happy, the privilege of ownership and security ... And the value of hard work, its fruits are dignity and independence.
Upholding Values …
I am proud to be an American because I belong to a country known for its compassion, and protector of freedom and democracy and the values of:
Cleanliness / Equality / Honesty / Self-reliance and hard work / Promptness / Responsibility
In his research, Dr. Thomas E. Grouling, of Drake University, came up with what Americans value the most: Individual Freedom, Choice of Education, The Family, and Privacy.
Doing my part …
As proof of my sincerity in saying I am proud to be an American my words follow my actions which is summarized by an article from the USCIS:
· Support and defend the Constitution
· Serve the country when required
· Participate in the democratic process
· Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws
· Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others
· Participate in your local community
I love America so much that I would like to shout it on the rooftop. My husband was surprised that I could sing the four stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner. I was a bit dismayed that when I got my citizenship, the National Anthem was not played. But, my spirits perked up and I sang to my heart’s content when they played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”
There is so much to love about America – the beauty of the land, the mix and varied cultures, the traditional values, the freedom-loving people. How about you, what would make you say – I am proud to be an American!