Around this time of year, I find myself thinking about American politics even more than usual. So last night – curious what other people were thinking on the eve of 9/11 – I took to the web and searched things like #usa, #america, and #patriotism. (Like all good writers, I do my research on Tumblr.)
The results were:
- touching (a soldier taking a quiet moment to read a book),
- iconic (apple pies sitting on a windowsill),
- intellectual (a map of American gastronomy)
- mystical (unicorns!),
- hilarious (Sinbad?); and
- gritty (to my mom, nothing was more American than a cup-o-joe and a cig, so I had to include those, too).
I hope you’ll forgive me for skipping over all the semi-nude women wrapped in American flags. Obviously we’re all thankful for them.
Enjoy the selections below, and take some time today to be proud of where you come from – wherever that may be. (When I was 13, I wanted Europe to adopt me. I liked their breakfast options better than ours, though I hadn’t yet discovered the McGriddle.)
Would love to hear what patriotism means to you in the comments below!
*Cover Art: Paul Malon*