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What a beautiful thing a flag can be

 

A long time ago, I lived abroad in Spain. It was a fabulous time of growth for me as I learned to see the world with new lens. I got to eat new foods and drink great wine and walk the city streets of a city that didn’t start partying until midnight. Barcelona would be a great city for Gremlins. But that story is for another time.   While I loved living in Barcelona I did miss my beloved New York City. How could I not? But I liked that I was able to miss it. Absence most definitely can make the heart grow fonder.   It sounds trite. But there is truth in triteness. So it is.

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One thing that would delight us to no end, besides the endless requests by Spaniards for jeans and Oreo cookies, was seeing our American flag. Whether it was on a backpack, jacket or other bit, we would look at it fondly and reminisce of our homes. You would always have that moment of awe and nostalgia. And I think that is the beauty of a flag.  For many, a flag can signal a goal to strive for or a place to head back to.   It can signal freedom to some. Of course, not all flags represent great ideals as some might signal oppression as well.  I am not naive to that. But just for here and for a minute, I want to think back to that time I had such nostalgia and longing for a flag. It meant that I was out in the world on my own finding my way back home.

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  1. I love going downtown in our little town around the holidays and just see rows of flags blowing in the wind. Always warms my heart a bit.

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