Alejandra Wahl (@wahlicky) — Vintage lover. Coffee drinker.
I was having a hard time figuring out how to celebrate today. Partying and celebrating what makes America "great" feels disingenuous when there are children and families sitting in iceboxes, unsure if they'll ever be with their loved ones ever again. When our foreign military intervention has had heinous effect on global political affairs. When my peers -- hardworking, thrifty, conscientious -- worry about housing, student loans, and medical debt, and feel the American dream slipping further from our reach. And yet, without reciting the same tired lines, without draping ourselves in the flag, without playing hollow homage to a version of this country that has never really existed except in rhetoric, we found a way to celebrate what really makes us the best of the best. We gathered around a table, enjoyed food, drink, and conversation, laughed and shared. Looking around at all the faces gathered around, I realized -- this, this is America. A rainbow of people from diverse backgrounds, with different beliefs, languages, heritages and creeds, gathered together and sharing in this beautiful community. The way we pull together when times are tough, the way we care for each other, the way we only work harder when the path ahead is unclear -- this is what made us great, and will make us great again. Sharing this day with friends, I felt my heart, pummeled by the political events of the last two years, start to stitch itself back together again. And as the sky darkened, we ran out to the street and shrieked with childlike delight as the neighborhood exploded into a cacophony of color. We're gonna be alright. #USA