Valentine for My Country

My country, ‘tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty –

Of thee I sing!

What to give my country for Valentine’s Day – chocolates? red roses? No.

Much better: Truth Bouquets.

I send luscious bouquets to:

- Margot Lee Shatterley – you shine light on so many hidden figures

- Gabby Giffords – you carry on, even after being shot down

- Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Elizabeth Warren – you speak your consciences on the Senate floor

- Peter Salovey and Yale Corporation – you change a college’s name from Calhoun to Grace Murray Hopper

- Julius, my 10-year-old grandson, after seeing a Noguchi sculpture – you ask, “What is lynching?”

- My husband – you answer his question calmly, clearly

- Millions of people in the USA and around the world – you stand up strong for your beliefs

- Youtube – you make it possible for me to hear Marian Anderson sing My Country, ‘tis of thee at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939

To all of you I offer bouquets. Of you all, I sing.

Happy Valentine’s day, country of mine. Let freedom ring!

Millie Grenough, Author Oasis in the Overwhelm.

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