America the Giving
by Cindy M.
“Giving, giving, giving—Americans are always giving,” says Maria, an English-as-a-Second-Language student, as we talk about an upcoming charitable event. American generosity is both a wonder and a puzzlement to her, but she is sincere when she smiles and adds, “I am glad I am here. There was nothing for us in Bosnia. We are American now.”
Maria’s words stay with me as I ponder what actually makes an American American. What characteristics do Americans possess that identify us as American as opposed to displaced Bosnians, Italians, Mexicans, Africans, Asians or...