ChaliceChick (The ChaliceBlog) wants to get the newly-naturalized workplace deli worker a token to celebrate his new status. Like her, I feel I’m patriotic, but I am less and less sure about how to express that in a way that isn’t confused with nationalism and a smorgasbord of misguided policies.
Yet hearing about people who choose this country as their country makes me willing to try and find an public and appropriate way to be a proud American. But first things first. What kind of gift would you give a new American? And why?Â (For my non-U.S. readers, what do you make of this line of thinking? Would you give a new national a gift? What would it be? Please identify where you’re from since we don’t all know one another.)