Friday, July 4, 2008

Betsy Ross

I have a thing about Betsy Ross.
I don't consider myself overly patriotic except for the fact that I like where I live and want the best for everyone despite how our rulers feel.
She was quite a gal. She was a rebel and she seemed to have her own mind. She worked hard, had plenty of men in her life and seemed to be hanging with the people who were doing things. She earned her living as a seamstress, ended up with her own business and worked til she was an old woman. I can so relate to her. We have some parallels. I am fascinated with colonial life in America and the 18Th century in general. I wish I could know her. Maybe I did.

"America for Me" by Henry Van Dyke
'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Among the famous palaces and cities of renown
To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the kings, --
But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.
So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars

Oh London is a man's town, there's power in the air
And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living there is no place like home.
I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled;
But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!

I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack:
The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back.
But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free, --
We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.
Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

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