The US is often in the news, for all the wrong reasons. The global financial crises, shootings at schools/malls/cinemas/insert-place-here, now the Boston Marathon bombings.
I’m hearing more and more people, Aussies, who don’t want to visit the US because “It’s not safe.” It makes me sad, because I lived there for 11 years and called it “home”. I loved my time there, and often wish I’d stayed longer.
So in honour of the US – the US that *I* know – I’m dedicating this week’s Things I Know post to things I know about The United States.
I know that Americans have a reputation/stereotype for being loud and obnoxious. And yes, some are. But I also know there are a great many more who are reserved, down to Earth, caring people who would give you the shirt off their back and a roof over your head, if you ever needed it.
I know that America is a BIG country, with a huge population. That means things are more likely to happen there, and are more likely to happen on a bigger scale.
I know that I spent 11 years there and the only time I felt unsafe was when I took a wrong turn in downtown LA. If this happens, just run stop signs and red lights, no cop will fault you for that.
I know that Americans are strong in faith, strong in patriotism, and strong in spirit. You can attack them, but you will not break them.
I know that many are facing difficult and desperate times. People can and DO do stupid things when they are desperate, depressed, defeated.
I know that no matter what political party you support, when there is an attack, such as 9/11 or Boston, the entire country becomes one.
I know that I’m hearing more people say they don’t want to travel to the US because they don’t feel it’s a safe place. This makes me sad.
I know that there are bad parts of the US, just as there are bad parts of any country, it’s knowing where to go (or not go, as the case may be).
I know that there is more – SO MUCH MORE – to the US, than what you hear in the news.
I know that I loved the 11 years I spent there. I miss our friends, our home, our local hangouts. I miss the holidays – especially Thanks Giving!
I know that Americans are wonderful people (I married one!) and should not all be judged by the stereotype or reputation of a few. They’re mostly an inquisitive bunch – everyone I ever met had dreamed of going to Australia.
I know that if you ever get the chance to visit, you absolutely should. It is a wonderful country, with so much diversity, so much to see and do, so much to experience (and I’m talking outside LA, Vegas and NYC!). I love the US, and it and it’s people have been in my mind and my heart this week, as they end up on TV because of another tragic event.
Linking up with Miss Cinders at Saturday Morning Ogre Mum for Things I Know