Trucker Mama: Happy Birthday, America


Land that I love.

Stand up next to you and defend her still today.

Through the rockets’ red glare.

My country ‘tis of thee.

And to the Republic for which it stands.

Courtesy of the red, white and blue.

Happy birthday to you, dear America!

As I pen this week’s edition, I can still hear fireworks from every direction and see the light through our window illuminating the night sky.  What a wonderful way to start our week – celebrating the birth of our country. 

A monumental day for every American and in the story of world history at large.  On July 2, 1776, the thirteen original colonies declared independence from Great Britain.  On July 4, 1776, they signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration was written by Thomas Jefferson.  His words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” are the most fundamental to our country and to the experience of being an American.  Everything else that defines our country stands on this base.  In the midst of a difficult election year, every candidate on every side believes in this fundamental truth, perhaps the only completely unifying trait.  It is the most basic, and yet most profound, definition of our country.

The United States of America has long been a place to come to be rewarded for hard work, allowed to prosper and free to define your life.  Your work is a keystone of all that is America.  You move goods across the country, and beyond, to make the wheels of industry and business move.  Nothing happens without men and women like each of you reading this.  This week begins with a celebration of all that America is and all that America will be – made possible by your good work.  We celebrate you, right along with the red, white and blue.

God bless America, and God bless you.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,


Trucker Mama