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Sunday, April 29, 2007

I Like Freedom

It's not July 4th or some other notable day on which you'd expect to find bloggers waxing philosophical about what it means to them to be an American. But today I've been thinking about what my freedom means to me and I've concluded, with some embarrassment, that I take it for granted.

A conversation with L helped remind me how fortunate I am to live in the United States. L grew up in Vietnam but has lived in the US for decades. She works at the shop where I've been getting an occasional pedicure for several years. L works 7 days a week making sure that customers have lovely looking fingernails and toenails. Monday is technically her day off, but if things get busy H calls her to come help and she always does. L is raising 3 children as a single mother; her husband left her long ago. Her middle son has emotional problems and she struggles with the occasional havoc he wreaks and with her constant worry for him.

She looks tired and stressed when I see her, but she is always friendly. Slow days are a mixed blessing: they provide needed respite but not enough take home pay. Today she confided, though I'd had no doubt, that she makes very little money. Because we'd been talking about kids, I asked her whether when hers were grown - which won't be long - she would consider moving back to her native country. She has a large family there and financial constraints prevent her from visiting regularly.

She did not hesitate. No way. This country is her "second country;" it has become her home. "I like it here. I like freedom." I was struck by her certainty, by her determination, by her assessment that her life here - which is a struggle - is unequivocally better than any life she could have somewhere else.

I like freedom, too, and I am happy to be here.


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