Both myself and my husband are first generation immigrants, so Thanksgiving has special meaning for us. We were not taught from the cradle that America is the best place in the world. In fact, both of us don’t think that there is one place in the world that can be called the best place to live. We had choices and we have made them. We are grateful to America and Americans for many things:
- Still being a land of opportunity for immigrants, at least for those who enter here legally like we did.
- Accepting us as equals
- Appreciating our non-American education
- Valuing intelligence and drive
- Respecting differences in opinions
- Giving us friends from all over the world – Americans, Indians, Israelis, Chinese, other fellow Europeans from many countries.
There is no other country in the world that is so diverse and peaceful in the diversity. Let’s be grateful to America for what it is, but let’s strive to return to what it used to be – a symbol of hope, freedom and justice to the rest of the world.