|Photo by Liverpool photographer Alex Scott|
As a small child in WWII I fell in love with all things American, especially Hershey Bars and comics.
A little later it was the accent and smart military dress uniforms that impressed as did my young visits to the movies.
I bought into the American Dream while they were still dreaming it and whilst England was wallowing in post-war austerity of drab greyness. Later I learned to enjoy the crooners who sang 'The Great American Songbook' with patriotic pride.
I was 18 before I made my first of many visits ... and my last was to Manhattan just two weeks after the nightmare of 9-11.
United States of America, thank you for so many happy experiences over all those decades.
I still love you, even although you seem intent on making it so difficult recently. I pray that you will survive your current presidency unscathed.