Because of the unique cultural diversity within our home, once a year we celebrate each of the heritages that make up our family. Earlier this year was Daddy England Day, and today was the much-anticipated Jonathan America Day.
The USA flag was hanging in the dining room to mark the occasion, and Jonathan excitedly opened a new CD before breakfast - Wee Sing America.
The children gathered around with flags waving and feet marching while Steve made pancakes. "Is this how you envisioned your future family when you were growing up in England," I asked him while American patriotism blazed forth from the living room.
The highlight of the day was our "traditional" American dinner: organic hot dogs (thanks Trader Joe's), french fries from McDonald's (can you get more American?), and apple pie a la mode.
This celebration clearly fits in with the makeup of our family, but I think any family can benefit by incorporating some cultural days into their yearly calendar. It's a fun and easy way to begin raising a global citizen, one of the most important jobs facing professional mothers in our world today.
While tucking Jonathan into bed tonight I asked, "What was your favorite part of your special day?" He thought for a while and responded, "Going to Target with you, Mommy!"
Okay, not exactly what I expected.....
(P.S. - If anyone knows of a good USA picture book for preschoolers, I would love to add that to our Jonathan America Day in the future. Please add any recommendations in the comments section. Thanks!)