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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Proud To Be An American

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Proud to be an 

everywhere ... 

even in the middle of nowhere ... 

Especially in the middle of nowhere... 
that proudly and boldly celebrates being an American... 

Booneshill Rd, Delina, Tennessee 

A 4-way STOP in rural America 
with an old country store on the corner... 

An American flag is a recognized symbol of our country all over the world. 

But, Old Delina Country Stor(e) is a symbol of our country, too. 

A symbol of our liberty to pursue 

T H E  A M E R I C A N  D R E A M...  

Small independent stores owned by individuals, not corporate America, 
are symbols that the American Dream is alive and thriving. 

The Dream to be whatever we want and to do whatever we want  
without a dictatorial government, deep-seated century-old traditions, or a rigid caste system 
forcing us into pre-determined paths 
of where we live and of which vocation we choose. 

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness 
are still the dreams of people everywhere. 

The United States of America 
is still a dream destination for oppressed, desperate people worldwide. 

Our system is flawed, not perfect, but there is no other place I want to call home. 

To be able to sit peacefully on my porch, 
to own a small business, and 
never to fear for my freedom 
make me 

Proud to be an American 
on this Memorial Day and every day of the year. 

Thank you everyone who has served or is serving our country 
to protect all that we cherish to maintain the American Dream, 
a Dream that is unique for each of us.  

What makes you proud to be an American? 

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  1. I love this post Judith. Thank you for remembering. I am proud to be a retired military wife. :)

  2. Wonderful post and photography! Wishing you a Happy Memorial weekend

  3. Yes, proud to be an American! Thanks for this thoughtful post.

  4. Well said. I am proud to be a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The people I served with were magnificent people who live in my heart to this day.

    1. Thank you for your service during a tumultuous time in our country. My husband was in the US Navy stationed in the Mediterranean during the Vietnam Era.


  5. Beautifully said! My heartfelt thanks to all who serve or have served.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  6. Proud to be both a Texan and American, every day of the year! Proud to live in a country where small business owners like you, Judith, can post daily about whatever is on your mind and the beauty you see in everything, and I'm free to read it!

    1. Thank you, Ginger. So glad to know you and glad that you read Botanic Bleu.


  7. Thank you for reminding us how very fortunate we are!

  8. Amen to that! While we honor all the men and women who have protected our freedoms, my special thanks goes out to both of my grandfathers- of which one is a Purple Heart recipient, my father, my father-in-law, and my husband, a retired Gunnery Sargeant in the Marine Corps. Ooh-Rah! God Bless America!

  9. Absolutely Judith!
    I too am proud to be an American and give thanks daily for my freedoms.
    Nicely done and your photos are beautiful.

  10. Beautiful tribute, Judith!
    Members of my family and my neighbor's son have paid the ultimate price. We also have extended family stationed in the not - so - safe places "over there" now. I work with a young,(I call 40 young), Physician's Assistant who missed her youngest son's first day of Kindergarten and two of her children's birthdays when serving in Afghanistan and on the Mediterranean Sea during the tragic turmoil of Libya. Our service men and women give up so much of their daily lives for us.

    I am so excited to read of your upcoming trip to France! I cannot wait 'til I can collect souvenirs within the lines and photographs on your blog!

    I hope you are not affected by all of the harsh weather that has hit Texas!

    I am a proud, yet concerned American.


  11. Judith, this is a great post and I love the photos! I do hope you are doing well. I'm trying to find my footing again and hope to be somewhere close to normal before too long!

  12. Judith thank you very much for sharing this Patriotic beauty with us at TOHOT!

  13. Judith- as always this is perfectly put.
    I am proud to be an American because of its people (like you).

    Thoughts of Home

  14. Judith, you've made us all proud by showing us the red, white and blue. Isn't America great! Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Desgin Link Party.


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