Things to Do for America

Klara grabs a pair of American flags, hands one over to me, and says, “Let’s go fill the bird feeders, Mommy!”

“Why are we bringing flags?” I ask.

“Because we are doing this for America,” she explains. “We are helping American birds! That’s a very nice thing to do for America.”

5 thoughts on “Things to Do for America”

  1. Great! This what America is about! It’s (in particular of course) about loving – about loving this country’s birds, about loving her nature and her people. It’s not about hatred and telling others how sorry you are for being different or how happy you that you differ.

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  2. It sounds like you give Klara a super patriotic upbringing despite your writings on nationalism here. πŸ™‚ Does she get it from her school?

    I, perceived as The Patriot figure on this blog, have never had any flags in the house – you have at least two. πŸ™‚

    Of course, there is nothing wrong with nationalism. I was just surprised because of imagining you as much more analytical and even cynical on the issue.

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    1. I swear to God, I’m not having these conversations with her. Never, not once. But as all little kids, she has an amazing intuition for what to say to please mommy. And this definitely pleases mommy.

      We have a lot more than two flags. I decorated for July 4th. The house looks is practically drowning in them.

      We also have at least 3 Ukrainian flags inside the house.

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      1. Little kids are so smooth! My 5yo has figured out that A) I love my garden more than most things, and B) I want him to care about his siblings. So now, when I am about to fuss at him for blocking the walkway, he says “These are mulch trucks heading for the garden.” and when he wants ice cream he says “we should get some ice cream for brother”.

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