To most of the world, a Yankee is a citizen of the
A Yankee can be a Northerner, a citizen of one of the states that made up the
If you're already in one of the Union states, Yankee-ness increases as you head north and east until you reach New England, the six states in the northeast corner of the
But even in
And at the very pinnacle of Yankee-ness, those Yankee-est of the Yankees, are those who trace their ancestry to the Pilgrims who arrived in
These nuances can be fun or annoying, depending on your point of view. In the end, none of them matter. On this Yankee-est of days, July 4, Independence Day, all Yankees, of whatever type or degree, wish our country a Happy Birthday.
Happy Fourth of July to Yankees everywhere.
Thank you all,