Our family just returned earlier this week from a wonderful two-week vacation in Europe. During our whole trip, we kept hearing about the World Cup games.
I have probably never been more aware of soccer or football as it’s called everywhere but in America, as I was in the last few weeks.
It was fun to see the U.S. play, though they lost to a hard-fought game with Belgium earlier this week. I was most impressed by Tim Howard’s record saves during the game on Tuesday.
In the world of soccer, the U.S. has hardly been a dominant force.
Whenever I travel outside of America, I come away with a greater appreciation for the the creativity, strengths, beauty and historical significance of other countries in the world.
I also come home with a deeper sense of what I love about America.
And often, I come home to problems. I almost want to avoid vacations because when I come home, we often have some unexpected difficulties occur.
This week, I have had so many that I could write about. The flooding in the basement stands out as the biggest one that happened the second day back home, when the power went out, and the sump pump didn’t work. The fallen trellis on my deck greeted me on the first day. I’ll show the after picture, once I get a chance to fix the deck.
Despite or maybe because of these difficulties, I am remembering one of the most inspiring American traits.
Americans don’t give up when faced with adversity. Our soccer team didn’t give up against Belgium when we faced likely defeat. Though we lost, I admired the team’s effort. Personally, today I am actually more grateful because of the troubles earlier this week. On the whole, my home and my family are weathering the storms of life well, and we are blessed to live in America.
Happy 4th of July to all my American readers!
And to everyone else, perhaps this is a good time to remember what you love about your country too! Every country has its own beauty!
P.S. I hope to share a lot more about the beauty of our European Adventure in the next week or so. In the meantime, check out my Facebook page if you’d like to see some pictures I posted during the vacation in Paris, Salzburg, Herrenburg and London.
What inspires you most about the country that you call home?