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Thank You, America!

June 28, 2017


Thank You, America!


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Thank you, America,

for welcoming to your eastern shore,

in the early 1900s,

four immigrants from Italy–

later to become

the parents of my parents

and good citizens of the adopted,

the chosen country–



Thank you, Lady Liberty,

for holding high your torch

to light the way

to Ellis Island,

where my grandparents’ dreams

first met  land of the USA.


Thank you, Indiana,

for giving my paternal grandparents

some of your precious farmland–

a grape arbor, too.

Thank you, Indiana,

for allowing my maternal grandparents

to build a grocery store and Italian bakery

in your Vermillion County.


Thank you, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini,

for blessing these four immigrants

from Italy to Indiana,

with a safe voyage,

with seven sons

and five daughters,

with eighteen grandchildren–

all of whom went on to do well

in this new home of our immigrant forefathers.


From the banks of the Wabash

to the shores of Lake Michigan,

from the foothills of the Rockies to Disneyland,

from the shores of the Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest–

all the relatives

of those first four immigrants

of our family tree

wink at you, Lady Liberty,

and wave our thanks

in red, white, and blue wishes

for a Happy Fourth of July!



NOTE:  Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is one of the patron saints of immigrants.


Best wishes to you and your family

for a safe, sunny, and very Happy Fourth of July!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


June 28, 2017, Wednesday



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  1. Dear Alice, May this Independence Day bring you the same dignity and pride that your family brought to our country. The colors of Old Glory are clutching the winds for a reason. Many thanks. Deon

    Sent from my wicked smart Windows 10 machine

    • Deon–Thanks for your comment. I especially like your metaphor of “clutching the winds.” What a creative thought to share!

      Happy Fourth to you and yours in Maine–Alice and Willow

  2. Sue McKendry permalink

    Alice–another nice tribute to your family–hope that you and Willow have a happy 4th!

    • Thanks, Sue. We are hoping to see you in July. More soon!

      Enjoy celebrating the Fourth–Alice and Willow

  3. Fran Rayce permalink

    Hi Alice,
    Another great tribute to those brave folks who were our grandparents. I can’t even imagine what kind of courage it took for them to travel out of those Italian mountains and down to the Atlantic shore to make that long journey to a country where yet another long trip awaited them cross country. And then a whole new way of life. You again captured it so well in this verse tribute.

    Happy 4th to you and Willow! I hope the midwestern summer continues on the milder side, (not like the CHS girls of 65 reunion days at Turkey Run), so that your long walks are comfortable.


    • Hi, Fran–I do appreciate your adding the comment about the “courage” of our grandparents. What an enormous change and challenge they undertook!

      Despite the heat and humidity at Turkey Run State Park, the six “girls” of the CHS class of ’65 are admired for gathering together to celebrate a special birthday year.

      Best wishes for a very Happy Fourth of July to you and all of your family–Alice and Willow

  4. mfanyo permalink

    From the foothills of the Rockies I send my thanks to you, Alice, for writing this remarkable tribute to America and to our entire family! What a celebration of the love of the land of opportunity where our family members have made significant contributions and received countless blessings! Could our dear grandparents ever have imagined a world where their creative granddaughter’s patriotic poem could be read in their beloved Indiana, their Italian homeland, and far beyond, in all corners of the globe?
    Wishing you and Willow a wonderful 4th of July!
    Love, Mary

    • Mary–Thanks for your especially nice comment. Having a comment from a reader in Italy on WORDWALK would be a special treat. One of the summaries from Word Press noted that readers from 28 countries have visited my blog.

      After storms and torrential rains postponed fireworks last night, the “Big Bang” fireworks of Summerfest ended a short while ago; Milwaukee will have more fireworks on the third of July to celebrate Independence Day on Lake Michigan.

      Best wishes for a Happy Fourth–Alice and Willow

  5. Marla Iacoli permalink

    Wonderful, Alice! Love this Great Country of ours! My Red, White and Blue is out…EVERYWHERE! Have a Wonderful Fourth of July!!!

    • Marla–I am so glad to learn from your comment and from Mary Elizabeth how much you enjoy decorating for the Fourth of July.

      Enjoy celebrating the Fourth with your family–Alice

  6. Carole permalink

    Alice, it is with great pleasure to “catch up” again as we relocate from the coast of the Gulf to the Atlantic shore. In addition to honoring the faithful four, your tributes to the family are forever favorites of mine. Happy days of celebrating the Fourth!

    • Carole–How nice to have a comment from you again! Thanks also for the “likes” on my recent blog posts.

      Good luck with “Part 2” of your move to the Atlantic Coast!

      Wishing you a Happy Fourth and enjoyable summer at your new home–Alice and Willow

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