Made in America…

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Dear Reader:

Most evenings I watch the ABC Evening News with David Muir and have been an avid fan of their “Made in America” series. Almost by osmosis, I do find myself checking labels more now to see if a product, food, drink, clothing, toy, etc. is made in America.

I do feel strongly that this patriotic endeavor to help Americans sell their wares over foreign imports falls under being a good citizen, as taught to me through my ninth grade civics class.

One thing I have learned from the book Hamilton, is that God definitely put the right people in the right place at the right time to create this amazing country we call home… The United States of America.

Winning a revolution against all the odds from England and then creating a democracy from all the differing views on exactly just what that meant was nothing short of miraculous. But somehow, some way the right people ended up at the right assemblies and meetings with a brilliance that still stuns me today….Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and Hamilton…just to name a few.

When I look at my grandchildren I know they are by-products of “Made in America“….the best country in the world with opportunities limited only by the individual him/herself. The dream is still there for those spunky enough to want it.

Yesterday, in Hamilton, I had gotten to the first Presidential inauguration. Washington knew he was walking a fine line so as not to dress or look like royalty while at the same time appearing as a leader for all the people.

David Muir would probably love to know that it was Washington, himself, who set the precedent for wearing clothing made only in America. Here is the description from the book describing Washington’s poise and appearance.

“From the outset, the fifty-seven year-old Washington was determined to strike a happy medium between regal dignity and republican austerity.

Resplendent with a ceremonial sword at his side, he also wore a plain brown suit of American broadcloth woven at a mill in Hartford. A special message for Hamilton’s future was encoded in this outfit: that America should encourage manufactures, especially textiles, an industry dominated by Great Britain.

*Washington hoped it would soon “be unfashionable for a gentleman to appear in any dress that was not of American origin.” 

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*If this were still true today, think of the difference it could make for American textiles and manufacturers. Being true to the Red, White, and Blue!

So until tomorrow….As much as one can find fault with America getting caught up on the dark side of politics, let us never forget it is still the most wonderful land in the world….why so many immigrants still want to make it home. Thank goodness for the immigrants, like Alexander Hamilton, who helped build our country.Diversity has been the key to our success. Let us never forget it.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

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Delight of the Day: Look how my Ginger Shell plant grows! It is loving the rain and clouds and literally growing as I watch. Its shoots start out as twisted looking green candy canes and then slowly unfurl into huge big leaves. Life is just amazing.!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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3 Responses to Made in America…

  1. Johnny Johnson says:

    I was lucky enough to work for a company that rusted me and my abilities enough to send me abroad. I sent a good bit of time in Europe and it was amazing to see and experience. But I have told others many times after my travels that it’s fun to visit and see Europe but you really appreciate America more than ever after a time there. I remember when making the long flight home, coming into the Atlanta Airport and seeing those Southern pine trees again was just a joyous occasion! You knew when you saw those pines that you were HOME! Though the places I stayed in my work travel were not bad places and people were free, it’s just not America, not the good old USA! Anyone who feels this Country is a bad place to live and are disgruntled should be forced to live in another Country for a while and when they return, they will never complain again! At least that’s my opinion and I am sticking to it!

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      I agree 100 percent Johnny! I have never left the USA that I wasn’t homesick for it upon my return! You are right about traveling – you appreciate the red white and blue even more!

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  2. “Made in America” series. Almost by osmosis, I do find myself checking labels more now to see if a product, food, drink, clothing, toy, etc. is made in America.” was the point I am interested in. I am an X MADE IN AMERICA manufacturer.

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