I remember five years ago sitting in my home office with my groom discussing what we should name the new firearms training company we had just created. Ideas on the name bounced back and forth for a few hours. It wasn’t until we took a step back and discussed what made us proud. We both agreed it was “America”.
Looking around my office it was evident what was the core pride of our family. Several items tell visitors to our home what is important to us. Front and center is the proudly displayed American flag on my office door, given to me upon my installation at a local civic club.
In addition a keepsake wall of country pride displays:
° An iron American flag piece given to me from my all time favorite boss who is deeply fond of America.
° Framed business cards with Twin Towers photos reminding me of the position I held at a fortune 500 company based in New York.
° A certificate of merit from my service with the federal government along with a flag flown over the U.S. Capital.
° A framed photo of President Reagan riding his horse on his ranch. Along with a description of the ranch was a little sample in a bag of soil from the ranch.
We lived away from the beautiful state of North Dakota for 12 long years as we pursued education and our careers. I made it a point to have a reminder wall of why it was important for us to be back in our home state. Displayed on that wall are photos of the badlands, Teddy Roosevelt, and my grandfathers capital stock certificate in the Zeeland Farmers Union Cooperative Association dated November 1, 1947.
Rounding out our American pride is our family portrait wall. Captured reminders of what the core of our existence is, our love for our small family.
From the memory tour around my office the name “Prairie Patriot” was born. As a female, small business owner I am thankful for the opportunities I have. I work hard to not forget that I am fortunate to have what I have. In 2018 there are still many countries that do not allow women to own their own business. Or for that matter own a gun!
As we celebrate our Independence Day take time and be thankful for being a citizen of our wonderful America. I am thankful for being an American. For the love of family, self, country – I AM a Prairie Patriot.