Today, I’m grateful for: America.
Disclaimer: this is not an open call for your political views. Comments are moderated, but still, play nice, please.
I’m not going to beat around the bush here. I didn’t vote for President Obama. And I was, surprisingly, emotional when they called the race. I didn’t expect it to feel like such a loss– after all, “nothing’s changed,” I thought. But, as it turns out, I was pretty attached to Mitt Romney, and it hurt.
Even so, when I knelt in prayer this morning to thank my Heavenly Father for my blessings, I found myself truly grateful to be an American and for a system that (more or less) allows us to elect our political leaders.
I’m super grateful that I can teach my daughter about God and His role in bringing about this great country. No matter what happens to the pledge of allegiance or to the orientation of the family, I have the freedom to teach what I believe is right and true within the walls of my own home.
To take it a step further: I am grateful that, even though the political climate is a little heated right now, I don’t have to worry about troops of kidnapped 12-year-olds gunning down my family for our views.
Not everyone enjoys that freedom. But we do.
I know today has been a little painful, for both sides (nobody likes to be called ugly names, even if their candidate won the election). But let’s try to pull it together, shall we?
We live in an amazing country. We are a wonderful people. And we have great opportunities ahead of us, if we’ll only keep our eyes open for them.
Be kind to each other. Especially online, where it feels easier to say nasty things, because we are emboldened by the anonymity of a keyboard and the click of a mouse. Even if you don’t speak them aloud, the words you type still make a difference in our country, so make them uplifting!
As a peace offering, here’s an uber-American dessert for both the Reds and the Blues: Cinnamon Burst Apple Crisp. I’m pretty sure that it’s been scientifically and sociologically proven that cinnamon chips make people happier and more cooperative.
I don’t really have an academic source for that. I’m just sayin’… maybe it’s worth a try?
Seriously though– this is my very favorite apple crisp recipe. I swiped it from good ol’ kraftrecipes.com six years ago, and I’ve never looked back. It’s absolutely delicious!