Q: What do Bruce Springsteen and I have in common?

A: We were both BOOOOOOOOOOORN in the USA.

And as such I feel a little tug every 4th of July.

My Dad was studying in Boston when I was born. Mum loves telling people I attended his graduation in a nappy and, ahem, put aforesaid nappy to good use mid-way through the ceremony.  I hasten to point out I was only 6 months old at the time so nappy-wearing was pretty much de rigueur among my set. The two things aren’t related but we did return to Australia shortly after that.

So although I have spent my whole life in Australia and unquestionably identify as an Australian, I have a series of treasured stories I’ve heard told over and over by my parents about me in America and of their many happy years there.

Of course not all of these tales are about number twos although I must admit there are a fair few of those – tip: if you want to cross the Canada/US border in double-quick time, get your kid to have a bout of explosive diarrhea just as you’ve pulled up for inspection. Don’t  ever tell me this blog isn’t choc full of useful information.

Now I don’t want to get all soppy on your bot bots, but I recently received my renewed US passport and it is without doubt one of the loveliest documents I’ve ever seen. I was going to show you but decided taking photos of passport interiors might not, somewhat ironically, be seen as the most appropriately patriotic act so you’ll just have to take my word for the fact it is filled with beautifully rendered images of US icons and landscapes and the top of each page has an inspiring quote from American history. I just found it incredibly moving.

So I want to wish all Americans reading my blog a very Happy 4th July (I think I might have just snuck this post in in time for US readers at least) and leave you with my favourite of the quotations from one of the most famous of the founding fathers, George Washington. An aspiration so good and noble, so simple yet inspiring, it brought a tear to my eye just to read it:

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.


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