When I was in Hong Kong in 1997 for the British return of its territory to the Chinese after one hundred and fifty six years, I witnessed remarkable history. (Historical note: the British occupied Hong Kong in 1841, and it transferred back to the People’s Republic of China in 1997.)
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth attended, and I was there with my two-year-old daughter. Oh yeah…there were a few million other people there too. But that day of the “return” when fireworks lit the sky and I saw Chinese tanks roll in at midnight, a Chinese national commented to me: What would happen if your American experiment ended and your country transferred back to Great Britain?
That’s a thought.
But little did the British know what her colonies would produce!
And little did they know our First Lady would be hugging the Queen a decade or so later.
Well, it looks like now we get a second chance at resurrecting the American national character.
The American experiment lives on! In the right place at the right time, and right now is a highlight for all of us multiracial mutts. For others too. (Oh…except for the economy.)
In the right place. Look who’s leader of the American experiment now! Guess the British won’t have to take us back after all.
So be alert. Try to recognize when you are in the right place. If you don’t, it might pass you by.
Thought for the day: Good things can take time. Be patient and trust that right will rule.