Arrived in Kansas City, Missouri and then took a taxi to the state of Kansas, which took over an hour. The driver and I had time to talk about where he was from and how excited he was to be an American citizen. The tall Ethiopian young man had graduated from college in Ethiopia with an engineer degree and had won the lottery to be able to come to the United States of America. He felt he could have a better life in the United States. He arrived here about 8 years ago and lived in the Washington D.C. area for 4 years. His cousin encouraged him to move to Kansas City where it was more affordable to live. This energetic man is going to college in Kansas City and providing for his parents and two sisters and three brothers back in Africa.
The sacrifices that this person has made to have a better life always encourages me to be excel as an individual. To learn a different language; to adjust to a different culture and to be 8,000 miles from family and friend says a lot about his character and integrity.
Once again, I have taken my American citizenship for granted. I forget about the sacrifices that men/women have fought so that I can be the person that I am and to do what I do.
This evening I am looking at life a little different and thankful for this great country that I live in!