This picture has no commercial value. It will not be sold and is only included on this blog to share my art to be viewed by my blogging friends.
I don't know if Google will let me do this, as the logo in it is super-copyrighted. I'm displaying this, my original picture as a record of my personal feelings of excitement, pleasure and yes, pride at being British born.
I am an American /Brit. I love America and am so thankful for all that living in America for more than 50 years has done for us.
We are some of those immigrants who came over with nothing -- literally. The Lord blessed us as He has blessed this nation, so that we are now able to live our retirement years contentedly. We have tried to cherish godly hard work, concern for our fellow man, honesty and integrity over the years. These values we have tried to pass on to our sons so that they in turn can contribute to this nation .
But we cannot forget our British heritage. Our formative years were molded in Britain with the people who dug in their heels and took a stand against evil, who drew on the strength of their unforgettable history and love for their land and sea. They lived out their values during times of unspeakable horror. They fought their way back up from the disillusionment, destruction and pain of two wars which decimated their people and cities.
As I watched the closing ceremonies I was concerned. Are today's young people as deeply rooted in the things which made our two nations strong? Are the pop-star mentality and transient wealth and fame enough to grow the healthy values that will inevitably be needed for the future? The tough love and enduring strength that has been needed in the past century will, I feel certain, be required for the century ahead.
Am I a pessimist? NO I am a realist!
Change will only come when the human heart is changed.