November 04, 2008

One Nation Under God

Anyone else feeling it? The buzz and excitement about such a historic and momentous day. I get goosebumps when I think about how much I love our country. I am an extremely patriotic person. I feel blessed to live in a country with the freedoms we enjoy and I feel sad for those who can't recognize them.
So many men and women have died protecting and building this wonderful country & I hope today, that all of you will get out and vote and keep on making this country better.

This little piece of folk art is one of my treasured pieces. I found it at an antique store and the owner wanted a measly 5 bucks for it.




I don't know who spent so many hours lovingly making it, all I know is his or her initials are JR and it was finished in 1977. One year before I was born.

I wonder what the country was like then. Was the maker of this piece happy and satisfied with the life they led or the way the country was going? I'll never know. All I know is that I treasure this piece of American folk art that they made. It sits in our play room and gives me and my kids the funnest lesson in geography.






Look at the details. I love the Georgia peaches, the coal in West Virginia, the potatoes in Idaho.
It is so beautiful and so fun to stare at.

We certainly are "One nation under God" and I hope that today, what is "right" for our country will happen.





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13 comments:

Natalie said...

I can see why you would treasure that! I've had fun looking at all the states in the blown up pic. The happy sun in my current state is too cute.

Oh, and my prize is here! Check out my blog :)

P.S. I voted and there were no lines! yay!

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Yay!!! Thanks for the radical shout out! You rock. I'm so glad it arrived :)

Isn't it fun to just study the different states.

We are having 3 hour lines here. Yay for no lines!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Loved this post and I also feel sad for those who can't recognize what a great country we've got. What does you husband think about your country since he is a Brit?

I love that piece! You are so lucky you snagged it for $5! It was made the year after I was born.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

verifer says "litheast" I think it's saying that we both live on the east coast. Freaky!

Leslie Todd said...

I graduated from college at age 20 in 1977. I think at that time the country was just beginning, as a nation, to heal up from the Vietnam War. There was something of a sense of innocence lost due to previous presidential administrations (Nixon for those of you who weren't born yet, LOL).
Here are some interestings facts:
http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1977.html

On a personal everyday life level, the computer was not even on my radar. I got my first computer in 1980 and it was a Commodore 64. Which, BTW, was way more powerful a computer than the Apollo astronauts had when they went to the moon. They had to delete stuff so they would have enough room to upload the info for the the later parts of the mission. I'll bet most cell phones now days are better than what Apollo had.

Video games were big machines located in arcades and bars.

I was the second police woman on my department, and the first one had already quit.

I'm sure there's lots more but I'm too old to remember (just kidding).

The map is a real treasure. You were so lucky to find it.

I voted right after I dropped my son off at school and there were no lines.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

What a beautiful post. You always have such cewl vibe over here. Ying to my Yang. ;)

Hi Alyson!

I like that no stone unstrung lady. She's cool.

Bobbi said...

Hey Emily! I hope you don't mind me using your Audrey Eclectic in my blog. I actually debated whether I should put that one up, but it is honestly my favorite of all of her work. I love it! You've got a cute little blog here. I will be checking back!

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Alyson- thanks and yeah- unless you get out and realize how other countries live you can't ever really know how blessed we actually are.

Leslie- Loved your comment!! I love the insight and wisdom. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the cool link. :)

Crash- I like being your ying..lol!

Bobbi- no way upset about you using it. I am honored that you used it. It is my favorite too..go figure :)She is so talented.

Heather said...

Happy election day!!1 We are in real need of hope these days, and I hope we get it! It feels a little like Christmas Eve tonight, I can hardly stand it!

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

I know!!! I am watching the news with goosebumps right now. It is HISTORICAL!! Either way historical.

I really hope that there is change. We sure do need some hope, you are right. Exciting stuff :)

Chris said...

I LOVED voting yesterday, and I always love exercising my vote. It confuses me whenever someone doesn't vote. What are they thinking?

I love that USA, too. When I was a kid my favorite toy was a puzzle of the U.S. with the pieces shaped like the states. hehe.

I feel very happy and lucky today.

CrzySoapLdy said...

That a great bit of wall art. I wonder if "JR" was from Texas - that Star on Texas is right over Lubbock, where I live. :D

A Day That Is Dessert said...

What a great find - lucky you!