In high school, i took 2 years of Spanish. And i didn't take them because i had to, but because i wanted to. I figure if i'm going to be traveling to other countries, i had best learn their language. If i go to Spain, i want to be able to speak the language there. I wished they would have offered French, because then i would've taken that. (the summer before high school, i took my first missions trip to Haiti, where i learned some French ((actually, its Creole, which is a combo of a bunch of different languages)) and after coming back from Haiti, i had to quickly switch languages.) But learning new languages is fun and often a good challenge.) I didn't continue in those classes because i wasn't learning much. I was having some issues with certain things in that atmosphere.
but i wanted to preface this blog with the above because of what i'm going to put in here. I received an email from a friend the other day. It might be considered controversial, depending on your personal views in politics.
Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
-Theodore Roosevelt 1907
In other things... Halloween has come and gone. I stayed away from many stores for just a couple days on that one. I went into Wal-Mart last night they already have a Christmas tree up! lol.
You gotta love the way we materialize everything.... sometimes becoming Amish doesn't sound soo bad. At times i have a lot of respect for those guys. Sometime ago at school, we had a girl there that was from about the same area as i was. i jokingly told her we should don some Amish gear and come to church in a horse and buggy just for the kicks. That never happened, but we joked about it a bit.
Also last night at Wal-Mart, i was talking with a girl there that i had just met before i left. She mentioned about going down to a church somewhere down in South Carolina. I told her i'd go if she wants to (she has a boyfriend already). So i came home and checked the church out on the web. It will be an interesting trip. But if she wants to go and have me check it out, i'm up for it.
At work, we go live on the phones on Monday. We had some mock calls yesterday. I think they went decently well. I was a bit nervous, but given time, we'll get those kinks worked out.