When I was growing up it was not popular to appear patriotic. It was a time of conflict, confusion and corruption followed by apathetic indifference. And yet despite the unpopularity, I believe that in my own way I was patriotic.
My father was an Air Force pilot and spent the majority of his life defending freedom.
I will never forget the day I cut school to attend a protest against the war he repeatedly risked his life to serve in. He wrote a note to my school the next day excusing my absence and told me that doing what you believe in at all costs is patriotic.
I have not always flown the American flag from dusk ‘til dawn at my house like my father did. Not all my cars have been American-made and I am even a little fuzzy on the last few words of the Pledge of Allegiance.
I am, however, very proud to be an American. I am proud of our history and our forefathers who fought for freedom. I get teary eyed when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played and I love the Fourth of July.
My own form of patriotism is certainly more subtle than my father’s, but it is there all the same. This year I thought I would show off that patriotism with one of the things I do best – gluten free cupcakes.