An American Family
Brian H. Gill
As of June, 2002, we're still seeing those "I am an
American" public service announcements on the television.
Being "American" is, I think, more than just having
ancestors from scattered points on the globe. It's being willing and
able to accept good ideas, no matter where they showed up. It's an
American strength that we're able to pick up what works, use it, and
sometimes even make it work better.
What is an American family? I think I'll use my
own as an example. Here's a "typical" family event: The parents and
children in a Norwegian-Irish-Scots Irish/German-Dutch-Swiss family,
having finished a supper of (Italian) noodle and chicken soup, practiced
Tai Chi, using a VCR made by a Japanese company.
copyright © Brian H. Gill 2002
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