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DREAMING OF ROUTE 66

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A few weeks ago my wife and I were enjoying dinner at a quiet little restaurant tucked away in an obscure corner of a large city in a foreign country we were visiting. We struck up a conversation with our server, a young, handsome part time waiter, full time engineering student named Matteo. Over the course of the meal we learned he worked six days a week from 3 p.m. until midnight or until his last table left, and he was taking our equivalent of fifteen hours at the university.

When we told him we were from America, his eyes immediately lit up, and he couldn’t stop talking about our country. We asked what he wanted to do with his life when he got out of college, and without hesitation he said he wanted to come to live in America and drive Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

I’m not kidding. My wife will back me up.

He actually sat down at our table and drew out his route on a sheet of paper, noting the places he wanted to see, and asking us exactly where we lived, which happens to be about two miles from old Route 66. I think we are getting a guest in about two years.

All the turmoil our country is experiencing right now centers around the fact that so many people want to come to America. They want what we have, and often times what we take for granted. Even with all of the struggles our nation is going through right now, I hope and pray we can embrace one another and proudly proclaim we are Americans!


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