I was blessed to have been born into the family and country I was. Living as close to the Mexican-American border as I do, I have that visual reminder of how fortunate I am to live on this side of that invisible line. I can’t imagine being in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico with my children and knowing that just across that little trickle of water ironically known as the Rio Grande, is a better existence, and easier life.
I can’t be sure I wouldn’t be one of those mamas who tries to sneak into the States with her children, crawling under or over fences or riding on the shoulders of a human “mule”. But I know there is a right and a wrong way to enter our country and coming into the U.S. any way without the proper documentation is against the law. It is on those laws that our country is founded.
And we have the brave men and women who have fought to protect our rights and our laws to thank for safekeeping the most wonderful country in the world. Not to say that America isn’t without her faults.
But today we take a moment to recognize the sacrifices of our military members and their families. I thank my own personnel soldiers/veterans – my dad DeWayne Roberts and my husband Paul Clingan for their commitment to defending and protecting our country. I applaud their patriotism and discipline. I thank the hundreds of thousands of other soldiers who answered that same call. And the many military families from which those soldiers come. I was once a military wife and it was a hard, lonely life but I wouldn’t trade that experience. Living in a foreign country so far from home helped me realize just how fortunate I am to be an American.