It's my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. And it's the eve of Going-to-Japan-Day for Hubs and I.
So, I think it's only fitting to pass on some wisdom directly from Opa and Oma today.
While Opa was deployed to Pakistan for a year with the Air Force, Oma sent him the following verse which sat on his desk during his time there and now hangs on the wall in their office.
Read the creed and you'll understand where I come from when you read any of my opinions.
By Dean Alfange
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.
I seek opportunity—not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.
All this is what it means to be an American.
Article publié pour la première fois le 30/11/2010