What it Means to be an American: A Letter to my Son
My son, Shay, is now almost 4 months old. For the first several weeks after he was born I was consumed with the most perplexing problems of early fatherhood: How does this diaper go on? Why aren’t 12 changes of clothes enough to get through the night? etc.. But once the initial exhaustion subsided, and we sufficiently resolved some of these early questions, I began to ponder the things I would have to one day teach and pass on.
Among the topics that came to mind, I found myself thinking about how to teach him, once he returns to live in the States, what it means to be an American.
For Shay’s sake, your ideas, thoughts and input are greatly desired.
You are lucky to be an American citizen. Because of this simple status, you will have privilege and opportunity much of the world will never experience. Always be proud of your citizenship and heritage. But know your great advantages do not come without important duties, obligations and responsibilities to your country, the world, and future generations. Here is what I can tell you about what it means to be an American.