DH and I wandered home over the weekend of the 4th of July to visit with family and friends. DBF and her husband recently bought a lake cottage, and they christened the place with a lovely picnic on the 4th.
Among their guests was a couple that had immigrated, years ago, from Romania. When asked what brought them to the United States, she answered, “To have our freedom.” The simplicity and sheer power of the statement took us aback.
We too often forget the freedoms we possess. As librarians, we hold the keys to information that in many countries is not made available to all, but only to a select few. The idea that information should be free and available to everyone is radical. I love that we have chosen to be radical.
The guest’s comment made me proud of my country, proud that we still stand as the place where people can come and be free.