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Proud of the U.S. Constitution

Posted: March 26, 2010 10:29 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
I did not come here to find a better place to live. I followed my husband, who was born in California.

I met a lot of Americans working in France or visiting France and all respected our customs. I had a good job there with a lot of responsibilities. I never thought of quitting.

"Never" is a long time, because when I got married to a man from Los Angeles, I moved to the United States with him. My English was far from being good.

My kids enrolled in a French-American school and learned how to speak English very fast. I was reading my 10-year-old daughter's books, and I understood nothing.

I was here with my knowledge of French philosophers, French political events and French mentality. I took the language barrier as a deficiency in my life, and I made it a challenge for myself.

I really worked hard to study my new language, and when I was ready to finally read a book I was attracted to a particular one in my husband's library. It had to do with the U.S. Constitution. Reading it was exciting.

The story was a revelation for me. America with no past? Which country has forefathers? How did we come up with a name such as democracy?

The Constitution is one of a kind and so out of the extraordinary. My heart goes out to the people who created this exquisite relationship between the government and the people.

I know some of you are going to think that the history of the United States is not as old as the history I knew when growing up in France. History is not always something to be proud of.

We Americans can be proud of what has been accomplished in our young history.

Vive la difference!

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