Wonder Boi Writes

Holiday Weekend Play

I’ve had a week of editing/proof reading and should wrap up this weekend.  It’s a tedious process that takes a lot of time, not only from me, but also from my wife, who has a Ph.D. in English and does  most of the serious proofing.  We’re both really looking forward to getting this manuscript off so that we can have our evenings back 🙂

This weekend will be split equally between editing and partying for the Spangler family.  Sunday we’ll have Susie’s birthday party at our house.  We’ll grill out, make s’mores, crank up the stereo, and fill our back yard with friends and food.  It’s an event we have no trouble celebrating at full force, and we’re all looking forward to the revelry.

We’ll also do something for the 4thof July, but we’re not sure what since Jackson is afraid of fireworks, and to be honest we aren’t real big on the holiday.  It’s a shame because  I used to consider myself a patriot, but after the last eight years I now consider myself to be a citizen of the world and would much rather be working toward a broader understanding of what it means to be part of a global community.  It’s not that I hate America. I think we have many things to be proud of, and my faith in the country has been renewed this year, especially as we’ve seen historic leaps forward in so many areas.  However, we have a long way to go in so many ways, and I don’t feel that the kind of blind nationalism inspired by the 4th of July is particularly helpful. 

So with that in mind, your weekend play is “Our Country,” John Cougar Mellencamp’s lukewarm tribute to America, it’s pluses, it’s problems, and the ability of its people to keep pushing for progress.  I know the song has been cut to fit Chevy commercials, but they really have missed the heart of its message, so I’m adding the lyrics underneath the video.  Please read them, and as you celebrate (or not ) this weekend, remember that this is our country, and we all need to work to make sure it’s one we can be proud of.

Well I can stand beside
Ideals I think are right
And I can stand beside
The idea to stand and fight
I do believe
There’s a dream for everyone
This is our country

There’s room enough here
For science to live
And there’s room enough here
For religion to forgive
And try to understand
All the people of this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

That poverty could be
Just another ugly thing
And bigotry would be
Seen only as obscene
And the ones that run this land
Help the poor and common man
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

The dream is still alive
Some day it will come true
And this country it belongs
To folks like me and you
So let the voice of freedom
Sing out through this land
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

From the east coast
To the west coast
Down the Dixie Highway
Back home
This is our country

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July 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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