I’m starting my first blog entry on The Gab of Gratitude with a birthday wish for my country. I do so because I truly am grateful for having grown up here. I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had because I am from the U.S., and for the comforts that have been afforded to me. I know from traveling to other areas of the world that not all people are as fortunate. This contrast helps me realize and appreciate what I have. While my readers may not be from the U.S., nor even agree with me, the beauty and fun of The Gab of Gratitude is in finding appreciation in everyday things. Besides, I’ve always loved birthdays and particularly birthday parties! So Happy Birthday, U.S.A.! Hit it, Jimmy and Elmo!