Re-Invention And The 4th Of July

“Many public school children seem to only know two dates – 1492 and the 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion.” – Mark Twain

“Why would I want to go to America?”, said my son Sam (13) recently.

“Kids get shot there and they all hate each other.”

Perhaps just a tad extreme in his view, but it’s an indication of how young minds are now seeing this global super-power.

I grew up in a time when going to the US was the dream. Indeed many of my ilk spent long, glorious summers on what was then called a J1 Visa. Happy times.