You may or may not know that the 23rd of April is St Georges day. Sadly, you also may or may not realise that St George is the patron saint of England.
These days, there is much debate around whether we are regarded as racist if we are proud to be English. I don’t think we are, I’ve never met anyone who regarded me as racist just because I’m proud of the country that I was born in.
And that is why my children are being raised knowing that they are English, and that this is something to be proud of.
My husband is Welsh, but I am English. My children were born in England so they are English through and through.
I accept that they should also be educated about their Welsh heritage, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that they are English.
So, what does this mean for my children as they grow up?
It means that they live in a multi-cultural society, where everyone is a valued citizen regardless of their race, belief structure or where they come from.
It means that they have freedom of speech and that as females, they can do anything they want to do, because gender equality is important.
It means that they will receive a good quality, free education until the age of 18.
It means that should they fall ill they will receive healthcare, whatever form our NHS takes in the future.
It means that when there is a rugby match on, they will wear a red rose on their shirt and passionately support the people who are representing our country on the rugby pitch.
It means that they have the opportunity to represent our country themselves, in more disciplines than I could ever begin to list.
It means that they live in a beautiful part of a spectacular country.
It means that their capital city is one of the most exciting, vibrant and impressive cities in the world.
It means that their head of state is a member of a well respected Royal family, and they are governed by democratically elected members of parliament.
It means that as they get older, they will have the freedom to travel to anywhere that they want to go and will be permitted, with the right paperwork in place, to see the world and even live and work abroad if they choose to.
It means that they have role models from all walks of life who are paving the way for their future. There are successful business people, champions for the rights and needs of humans, animals and our planet. And there are good citizens, volunteers giving back to their communities and demonstrating how we should all be living.
It means that they will be taught that society owes them nothing, and that they are the ones who have a valuable contribution to make.
It means that they will learn how their actions impact upon others, for good or for bad. And they will learn all this unhampered by restrictions on their thoughts, views and rights of expression as long as they are not hurting anyone else.
I don’t want to get into the debate about whether St George’s day should be a bank holiday. But English people should all be aware of it and celebrate it.
Because St George is the patron saint of a country that always has been, and always will be, home to a great nation.