This is for those who are lucky enough to be blessed by The Constitution of the United States of America-1787.
The young nation daringly set her foot on the shores of freedom. “It seems a very long way,” she whispered. And the powers that be said, “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it, but the end will be better than the beginning.”
But the young nation was happy and she would not believe that anything could be better than this wonderful Constitution she had been given. So the young nation was taught; laws were formed, and the young nation continued to be satisfied with all the blessings and security presented by the Constitution. The sun shone so brightly on her, and the young nation thrived! “Nothing will be stronger than this!” she shouted.
Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the young nation shook with fear and doubt, and the churches and the leaders that had been elected to take care of the nation were also afraid sometimes.
Finally, the morning came and there were many hills ahead, and the young nation grew weary, and the leaders grew weary, but at all times, year after year, the young nation showed the leaders their faith was still strong; and the leaders continued to write more laws mostly to help the young nation.
So the nation climbed, and everyone learned to weather the storms. And with this, the Constitution, they were given the strength, and guidance, to face the world. Year after year the leaders worked hard, many died trying to make the nation secure, many hardships occurred. Still, the climbing continued. And as all things moved together, the leaders noticed their loads did seem lighter; things were in fact better, and it was good.
The days went on and the weeks and the months and the years, and the nation grew older; sometimes the leaders felt very tired, confused, and bent. But then they remembered how hard they had struggled and how far they had come. And they remembered their laws and how blessed they were to have “The Constitution”.
The Constitution of the United States, how proud they were. Finally, they could understand why the climb was so hard, why the path was so steep. And the young nation walked with courage, and her children were tall and strong.
We, the people, gave our country her strength, and when the going had become rough, they lifted her and gave her their strength, just as she had given them theirs.
The freedom flowing from this Constitution created a land of opportunities. In time, the work of 55 men at Philadelphia, brought a written law to the nation, and ever since then the discouraged and oppressed people from every part of the world has made their way to the beautiful land we call America.
“We the People” are still climbing, We were probably the place where you were born. We were your first home and the map you take with every step you take.
The (U.S.) is your first love, your first friend, even sometimes your first enemy, but if you love her, nothing on earth can separate you — not time, not anger, not even death.
We are the children of the Constitution. Let the bells ring…
Micki Cottle was a long-time columnist for The Sampson Independent who occassionally regales readers with her wit and charm. She is also a member of the Sampson County Historical Society.