Some of my favorite things…

Swingsets

Lefties

The Fourth of July

Babies

Italy

Europe

Staplers

smart cars

Winston Churchill

Israel

Cobblestone sidewalks

Brunettes

Brown eyes

Big eyes

The American Flag

Reading

The smell of new books

Summer

The beach

Tans

Philadelphia

Desks

My Staircase family

Bookstores

Traveling

Wood floors

Quotes

High heels

Politics (I know, Erica *sigh*- but mostly the policy decisions)

Handstands

Cookie Monster

Sudoku

Grammar jokes

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Crossword puzzles

Phanatic

Truman

Dresses

My computer

Highlighters

My bed

Big cities

Kids

Mascara

Polka dots

Lists

Apple juice

Eat, Pray, Love

Mean Girls

My planner

Clear nail polish strengthener (OPI – thank you Mom for introducing me!)

Sweat pants

Paying with exact change

Baseball commentators on the radio in summer that remind me of my dad – no matter the team

Ice cube trays

Rome

Documentaries

Pillows

Pictures

Candles

Sun

Comfy clothes

Mystery news shows

Magazines

Initials

Nicknames

Big windows

Personalized stationery

Skype emoticons

Videos of friends

George Bush (yes I’m saying this and I have reasons!)

The Colosseum

Bubble baths

Grammar

Editing

Pedicures

The letter “E”

podcasts

Having a whole row to yourself on a plane

Seeing your bag on the caroseul after long flight

Being Italian but maybe most of all being American
… where we somehow found this way to bring all cultures, all religions, all nations to become a whole nation of our own. We may have a million problems, but we are all (or almost all) products of people who came to these shores (those shores for me – I’m in Italy) for a better life (sorry to be sappy patriotic).

Many expats have said to me that they see America’s failings more clearly once they’re abroad. And I would say to them – yes, but I also see my country’s strengths. I see a president I don’t agree with in his way of conducting himself or the office (and I didn’t agree with President Obama either, though I respected him and I’m conservative), but I can be thankful for the checks and balances that have saved our country in spite of our current president. I see some of this eroding in senators I respect but I guess they have a voting block too.

How wonderful is it to be a country made up of ” your tired, your poor /Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these /the homeless, tempest-tost to me.”

Again, aren’t we almost all products of something our ancestors thought – “It’s worth it to gamble and go across an ocean to have a chance at a better life?”

God Bless America, God bless Italy, and God bless the “great experiment” that is America.

Erica

One thought on “Some of my favorite things…

  1. I’m surprised you didn’t specify Mott’s apple juice. I know you remember the “ taste test”- I know I do. I enjoyed your list – I knew most- a few surprised me. See you soon. Love, Dad.

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