Needless to say, America is on my mind as we wait for the results of the Presidential Election to come through.
I’ve been getting the feeling here in Blogland that many Americans are sort of ashamed about the whole election campaign and down about the country in general. While I can understand that, I suppose it’s easier for somebody who is born, reared and living in a faraway country like Ireland, to be able to take a broader look at America tonight.
By coincidence, I happened to be in America on this very night six years ago and had visited George Washington’s, Mount Vernon, that morning. It was a beautiful Autumnal day and I could feel the hand of history embracing me.
But when I think of the 10 things that I love most about America, I find myself delving into things cultural and sporting that have been a part of my life from when I was a kid. So here goes:
#1. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
#2. Billie-Jean King ~ my tennis idol when I was growing up and glued to Wimbledon, especially, on our black and white television.
#3. The gorgeous city of San Francisco where I was lucky enough to study for three months in 1983.
#4. Arthur Ashe who was such a great tennis player and inspirational person.
#5. Leonard Cohen with his brilliant poetry and music.
#7. The American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. I’d love to see us introduce it to Ireland.
#8. American diners ~ especially with booths!
#9. Kris Kristofferson whose songs are etched on my heart from listening to them over and over and over again on our record player when I was a teenager.
So, that’s almost my lot from Ireland and I hope that when the new day dawns America will move on from the bitterness associated with this Presidential Race and become truly ‘United’ in every sense.
#10. Emily Dickinson’s poetry, especially this poem: