Last week I went to get my morning coffee and I was met by a belt buckle with a young man attached to it.
The buckle clearly stated the man’s affection for Texas, and I found it distracted me from noticing much of anything else about the poor guy. I was also distracted from noticing anyone else in the coffee shop, which really bothered me, as a city girl who prefers to be aware of her surroundings.
Living in DC, especially in the summer, I am reminded on a daily basis of how America is full of different types of folks. We are city mice and country mice, liberal and conservative, blue collar and white collar, civilian and military, guests and staff, students and faculty – etcetera.
As tourists from around the country visit their nation’s Capitol, it’s interesting to hear them speak to each other on the Metro or in our museums.
I truly enjoy the sense of wonder I get to relive through a tourist when they are awestruck by our Metro trains or they get their first glimpse of the Washington Monument.
As tourist season wraps up, I have been watching students arrive to attend the numerous universities in DC. These students bring a fresh set of accents and experiences to the city, as does the Congress with their staff.
I hope all who read this, Americans especially, get the chance to visit their Nation’s Capital to see it in action. I like to see you here! Washington is much more than a land of bureaucrats and politicians. It is filled and surrounded by Americans, and those eager to learn more about us.