I love how patriotic we get this time of year and with the Olympics
coming up it's so easy to root for the good ole U.S.A. In between hot dogs, though, I want to teach my children the origins of this great country and the hardships they went through to get it to this point. I also want to tell my children about my great, great-grandfather (War Between the States), great-grandfather (World War I), grandfather (World War II) and brother (Operation Enduring Freedom) who fought and still fight for this country and the freedoms we enjoy (Yes, I'm proud). It's quite a tear-jerker to think about my brother who is across the world serving as a U.S. Marine in harm's way but I know if he were here with me right now, he'd say "suck it up, Kathleen. Have a little courage." Don't you think of the word courage when you think of the history of this great country? I used to think of those mothers who would send their sons off to battle right here in their homeland and how scary that must have been. That takes courage. You know what, though? It also takes courage to walk into the classroom. It takes courage to bring up the next generation and to do it with love and an open heart. It's so easy to think of courage when you think of how amazing our freedoms are today because of the sacrifice of those who went yesterday. It should be easy to think that teachers are courageous too. We should be proud of ourselves, teachers!
We are a heroes to so many out there. Never forget that.