I have lived and traveled outside of the United States and I have to say, America is an awesome place.
Sure, sure, there are some sucky bits. And we can whine and moan for days about the lack of affordable health care, healthy food, and the lack of adequate parking space in urban areas (I can’t be the only person who complains about this!).
I like to focus on the awesome.
And be grateful for my freedom to easily locate a donut when I need one and not pay extra to have more than one rugrat and such.
And ice cream. And apple pie. And classic cars. And baseball. And gas-guzzling SUVs. And too-big-houses-with-too-big-yards.
This is my life (except for the too big house part; I have 3 Dudes and I could stand a little less of them all up in my grillness and a secret room with a soft chair and wifi and a mini fridge to store my cupcakes). And I like it. I like it a lot.
I spent this past weekend watching my 10 year old tear up the soccer field in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
We had a blast when we weren’t sweating like we stole something and he played like a gangsta…
Sure I was a little uncomfortable about the sign marking the Mason Dixon Line, and the Confederate reenactors sorta made me skittish (I mean if they are still pissed off about the loss, maybe they are still a little peeved about not having human capital too?), but overall it was a fun way to spend a weekend designed to celebrate the special people we’ve lost defending all of this sea-to-shining-sea.
Following our weekend of Sweat-What-Your-Mama-Gave-Ya in G-Burg, we got to head up to Mimi and Papa’s for a good ole fashioned BBQ.
And a swim (The Dudes could not live without enjoying a Memorial Day swim)…
And this bit of Americana that Papa rolled out of the garage all sharp and shiny like for the very first time…
Go ahead and swoon a bit.
When I went out to Cali a few months ago to get up close and personal with Toyota*, I discovered that Camry is currently the most American made car.
The car with the most American made parts in its body is a Japanese brand. Personally, I appreciate that because, in today’s economy, any corporation, whether they are native to the US or not, that provides a mess of jobs to people who need them is a-ok in my book.
Doesn’t this just scream AMERICA?!
I mean, it’s not like I’m actually old enough to remember anything like this. Because I’d like everyone to remember this and repeat after me: Dumb Mom is YOUNG. And hot. And YOUNG.
But I love a throwback and I have a borderline obsession with the 1940s and 50s. And this makes me think of the parts of that time period I love.
My daddy built all of this pretty…
From this down right ugly…
With his own two hands (and the hands of a bunch of West Virginian mechanics who do this type thing because they love it).
He purchased it over 5 years ago, in its junky-blown-out state, because he always wanted to build a hot rod. ALWAYS. Even when I was little he talked about one day retiring and making this dream come true.
And then he did.
And it is awesome. And I’m so proud of him. And I’m so happy that he shared so much of this journey with The Dudes so that they will always have these memories of him. And I’m totally a crying face baby right now over it.
Enough with my blubbering.
Point is, if that doesn’t scream American dreaming, I don’t know what does.
To celebrate (and also, just because I say so), this summer we are embarking on an All American adventure.
Inspired partly by the Olympics, partly by #3’s heartfelt, tear-filled meltdown over that part in Cars when the sad music plays and they reminisce about days gone by on Route 66, and partly by Dumb Dad’s double dog dare that there is no way I could live for a month by buying only things made in the USA (because he asserts that EVERYTHING is made in China).
We are gonna share some chunks of the US 0f A with The Dudes and see that Buy American dare from Dumb Dad (because I never turn down a dare people, NEVER!).
It will be a blast. But, I’m so happy that I already bought an iPhone, and an iPad, and my laptop, and my favorite shoes, and, um everything.
What are you feeling Wordful about this week?!
Link up below after you visit Angie’s Seven Clown Circus and check out our featured #WW linkers first!
- Love this family-filled post from Dana at Bungalow 56, especially the ham hock thighs!
- Something for pirate lovers very where! An awesome Pirate birthday party from the Naptime Momtog!
- A perfect eyelash shot from the woman with the BEST BLOG HEADERS EVER! The Daily Wyatt.
- Last but not least, a fun beach baby shot from Growing Up a NJ Wife & Mom!
pBd Admits She Knows These People: I am a member of TWIN (Toyota Women Influencer Network) so I get to hear all kinds of tidbits of Toyota awesome. I share them with you because I think it’s cool, not because they pay me. Because they don’t. Just so you know.