My son wrote a very sweet essay about the people and things that made him what he is today. I thought you all would enjoy these two paragraphs:
I also admire the people in the Marine Corps and the Navy Seals. They are willing to give their lives to fight for our country. They have also helped me find out what I want to do in life, which is to become a Marine or Navy Seal.
My country also helped make me who I am today by giving my parents a good job, a nice house, and a nice school. My country also gave me patriotism. It also is a free country so I am not a slave, and if I were a slave I would not be who I am today.