The wife and I took a trip up to Washington D.C. last week and it was a wonderful time. Back in the 1990s I lived about 40 minutes from D.C. so our family always made trips to the Nation’s Capitol. I always loved riding the Metro into the Smithsonian station and getting to see all the sights. I had not been to D.C. in about nine years so it was fun to go up with my wife and see everything and also visit with some old friends. I also noticed something different this time while walking around.
Washington D.C. has always been a very diverse city. Being the Capitol of this great country has made it that way as people come from everywhere for politics, business, and tourism. I guess as I have gotten older and because of the political environment we have found ourselves in the past few years I finally started to see how truly diverse D.C. really is.
Walking around the National Mall last week Angela and I must have heard at least 30 different languages. Sitting on a bench waiting for a raid to start at a gym in Pokemon Go allowed Angela and I some time to just watch all the people from everywhere enjoy some beautiful days in Washington.
Another amazing thing we noticed, and something I have believed all along is that no one was a jackass to one another. Sometimes watching the news, or checking social media just makes someone think that everyone is in constant state of conflict with each other all around the country, when that really is not the case. I saw a woman wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat walking next to a woman in a hijab by the Lincoln Memorial and everyone just went about their day appreciating a monument to a great man who helped preserve this Union in one of its darkest hours. In fact the only person we saw being a jackass was being one to a building and not a person. Some guy decided to stand outside the Trump International Hotel and yell, “Impeach Trump!” to no one in particular, just at the building mostly.
So today, take a moment between the grilling, the pool, and the explosives to appreciate the wonderful diversity this great country of ours has to offer. Also remember, the words from the Declaration of Independence need to apply to all Americans. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Happy Independence Day everyone!