Happy Birthday America! What a day it is! Being a first generation American, I have always loved national holidays. And like a good Greek, while everyone else was grilling hot dogs and eating apple pie, we would feast on Souvlaki, Spanakopita and Baklava Sundaes! Yumm! Which reminds me that I haven't made baklava or real spanakopita for the blog yet.
Have you been to Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs, CO before? It really is magnificent. We went years ago... It was a wild drive along narrow roads and tight bends. The drive actually takes a year of life out of your car. But once you are up there, 14,115 feet above sea level, up in the altitude and winds, you can see how the view inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write the "almost national" anthem.
After she returned to her room in the Antler's Hotel that night, she remarked to friends that countries such as England had failed because, while they may have been "great", they had not been "good" and that "unless we are willing to crown our greatness with goodness, and our bounty with brotherhood, our beloved America may go the same way.
Yes, I love America!