Early in my professional teaching career I had a student named Joe. He was the most enthusiastic of any student I had.
We had to learn the Pledge of Allegiance so I started by explaining that we are learning the Pledge of Allegiance because we live in the United States of America. Joe erupted in enthusiasm. He said excitedly, "You mean right here on Winther Boulevard (his address) is the United States of America?" I assured him that it was and he sat down and began learning the Pledge of Allegiance in awe.
WHAT I LEARNED: We take for granted the privilege of living in the United States of America sometimes and the many blessings this affords us.