I'm Thankful To Be An American

Prairie Gleanings

Despite our faults, America is still a pretty amazing place to live.

Published on: November 26, 2013

Holly Spangler has done a terrific job of blogging this November. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, she’s written about Five Things that she’s thankful for each day this month.

Last week, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when I stumbled upon a different sort of Thanksgiving blog. It was a list of things folks from other countries didn’t believe were true about America until they moved here. (Thank you Thomas Marten for posting this.)

As you scroll through the list, you’ll find yourself smiling and cringing. For instance, I’m proud of how well adoption works in our country. One person from Bangladesh could not believe that adopted children were treated the same as the family’s other children.

We don’t do so well on some other points. Someone from India commented, “Incredible wastefulness – I was aghast at the amount of stuff people wasted every single day. Food, electricity, water, paper…in India, we reuse stuff until it can only be thrown away.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to be an American. We live in the greatest country on earth. Many of us have never experienced what it’s like to live without having the daily essentials – food, water and shelter.

Most of us have our wants and desires, which are much different than actual needs. I’d like to have a new car, but I don’t really need one. Technically, does anyone really need a car? That’s another point brought up in the blog post – Americans drive everywhere.

Take a few moments to scroll through this list. Some of the things we take for granted are mind-blowing for many of our international visitors.

I enjoyed reading how many folks thought Americans were extraordinarily nice and generous. So often I get down on our society from reading about the outliers in the newspaper. It’s good to know other folks find our common courtesies above and beyond.