I’m proud to be an American. My passport was issued to me in the summer of 2002. Hands down the biggest and most inspiring day of my life. I wasn’t expecting the massive crowds (not only the newly minted Americans, but their throngs of supporters). I went to the LA Fairgrounds alone expecting a quick, 20-30 minute ceremony. Boy, I was wrong. It took nearly an hour just to get into the building. Considering there were ladies with walkers making the same trek, I didn’t complain.
We were squished into 12″ wide seating that I’m convinced were made specifically for this event because no woman’s backside was meant to be so little, and made to endure an hour of patriotic songs and videos. Sappy and way over the top, but I loved every moment. Grown men around me sobbed like kids. I didn’t, of course, because becoming an American didn’t change much in my life. I would be able to vote now and airport immigration would be a little less intense, but other than that, life for me would carry on as usual. Not so for most of the crowd.
Living in America meant finally living a good life, being with loved ones and having hope.
It’s a big deal. We live in a great country and life is good here. I’m pretty thankful for that.
Just had to squeak in that personal essay as nothing makes me happier than working on my blog, creating new lessons and gearing up for Fall. My family will be traveling to Europe and Canada this summer (Locarno (Switzerland), Florence and Rome, and Prince Edward Island) so obviously, I won’t be working. But until I go, I’ve been hard at work creating more Art Booklets. American Indian was released yesterday and I have 3 more in the pipeline.
Neil has been reorganizing my Shop, so now you can see all my lessons at a glance. Even though the covers have been refreshed, the content is still the same. So even though you may have purchased the lesson plan, there is no need to purchase the same lesson plan again. We hope that this provides a quick, easy way to navigate the Shop.
I’ve been tabulating all your emails and forming new, helpful posts that will help you kick off your school year. See below for a sneak peak at what’s to come….
Some of the posts I’m working on are:
- Art Supplies/Curriculum for the budget classroom
- Curriculum Guides for K-1, 2-3 and 4-6
- First Day Guidelines
- American Indian Art Lessons (released July 4th)
- Lines and Patterns (July )
- Art & Literature II (August)
- America the Great (September)