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Life is a Bowl of Salad!
February 16, 2000

Have you ever heard people call the United States a "melting pot?" Sometimes it is called this because there are so many different kinds of people that live here. The idea is that we all blend together to form our country.

Blending in can be a good thing; but it is also important not to forget about the places we came from. There is a lot we can learn from our differences, and it would be a shame if that all got lost. That's why I like to think of the United States as a big bowl of salad, instead of a melting pot! Many different things go into making a good salad: lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers... the more stuff, the better. But even though everything is mixed up together, the different parts don't get squished. And because we haven't been completely blended together, we can still learn from each other.

Learning about each other's differences is exciting and fun! You might have heard of Women's History Month, Latino Heritage Month and Black History Month - which we are celebrating right now. These are special times set aside for us to focus on different cultures. I think it is a great time to start learning about someone else from a different culture. You might be surprised by what you find out.

I have a special challenge for you! Let's do something different this year. Instead of only learning about other cultures during the special months, why don't we all keep doing this all year long? Stick with the Odyssey - we will surely help you out!

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