My greatest impressions of England revolve around World War II. As a Boomer Baby, I grew up watching films like "Mrs Miniver", etc.. I read about how the English held on even though their situation appeared hopeless. These films and books showed a people who refused to be defeated and became so ingrained in my mind as a child. If we are what we eat, we are what we read. I learned about honor and doing the right thing even though it will certainly cost you. These films and books gave me moral values that I did not learn at home. My home life was abusive and terrifying. I could not count or depend on anyone. But I could count on English courage and stubboness. I think that is a reason why I learned to keep slogging forward without the false panacea of drugs or alcohol. Why I am not affected by the opinions of others. Scraps of dialogue and quotations from books - "Don't panic! Remember you are British!" (film An Alligator called Daisy), "The British were defeated at the Battle of Dunkerque, but refused to acknowledge it and kept on fighting" (college history textbook", "When you are walking through hell, keep walking." (Winston Churchill) come to my mind when I am so exhausted emotionally and physically that I can barely stand. I remember these words and I stand a little straighter and I put one foot in front of the other and I keep going. We all need something to hold onto in times of trial. England is mine.