I am proud to be an American, but there is a much larger side to me that is curious about cultures that have a much longer history. I will admit (and you can ask Miss) that I suck at American history and geography. I would probably fail an American citizenship test, but would pass a British history exam with flying colors! I think it is sad that when I watched the John Adams mini-series on HBO and learned things I probably should have learned in high school!
My daughter is what some call "howlipino". Half howlie and half Filipino. She is now second generation American in my family, but her father's family has been here for quite a few generations.
I am attempting to teach her some Tagalog, but thanks to Nick Jr. she has picked up more words in Spanish and Chinese. As she prepares to enter Kindergarten in a year I am feeling the pressure to learn about this great country we live in. I don't want her (or I) to be one of those sad statistics you hear about Americans who know more about pop culture than their own country's history. I want her to know the entire story of Pocahontas instead of the Disney-fied version. I want her to know that Independence Day means so much more than hanging out at the beach, fireworks, BBQ and red/white/blue cupcakes.
I want her to be proud that she has an American passport when she travels. I want her to know the National Anthem. I want her to wave that little flag knowing what the stars and stripes mean. I want her to know what it means to be independent.
Happy Independence Day!