This I Believe

KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Viola Jaynes

Viola Jaynes’ life story could easily be the basis for a movie. Until the age of 14, Viola was raised in a German orphanage. That’s when her biological father, an American soldier, returned to Germany to take custody of his daughter and start a new life together in the U. S. Viola’s essay is entitled “America, My New Home” and is expressed in her submission for Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe.”


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After Viola’s father brought her to the United States he continued his military career which included several moves to different areas of the country. While living in North Carolina, Viola met the man who would become her husband. Shortly after they married, Viola and her husband moved to the Woodlands. They’ve since had two children and by all accounts are living the “American dream.” Over the years, Viola has reconnected with long-lost relatives in Germany and is proud to share her remarkable life story.

The essay Viola submitted to KUHF for “This I Believe” is one of the many stories she’s written. Viola has a web site where the collection of stories is archived. If you’d like to read more from Viola Jaynes, here’s a link to her site:

Here’s Viola Jaynes with her essay for Houston Public Radio’s This I Believe.

“America, My New Home”

“In 1976, my father, an American, found me in an orphanage and flew to Germany to bring me to the United States. A few months prior to his arrival, I was informed of this news. I became the most popular girl for the remainder of the time there when the other children learned that I was really moving to America. It was such a proud moment for me when I realized that I was to finally have my own family, and furthermore, that I was coming to live in such a great country.

I love America! After moving from Germany to the United States, I began to realize just how versatile and flexible of a life I could lead here in America. I found freedom of choice, and freedom to worship God and study spiritual things which would eventually become a tool of healing for my life.

I am proud to be called an American as I think back of the patriotism that was displayed after 9/11. It was inspiring and I realized that its energy came from a different source than the nationalism that Germany displayed during WWII. The courage to be visionaries is founded on deep and abiding principles explained in the phrase, “liberty and justice for all”. Americans will bind together as one during times of tragedy and victory.

I love the generosity this country displays during times of need, even to her enemies. I stood in amazement after the Katrina hurricane disaster. People of all socio-economic levels opened their pocket books as well as their homes. Americans display such resilience as they find a way to re-build their lives again and again, no matter what difficult circumstances may come their way.

In America, no one will place restrictions as to the level of educational opportunities one wants to obtain. Through determination, hard work, and wise decisions made along the way, one’s goals can be attained.

Americans are happy, loving, and giving people, always finding a way to look at the positive, to work hard, and to continually strive to become better in every way. Solutions are sought for the more difficult dilemma of poverty and ignorance because America desires equality for all of her people. Wisdom is sought to protect our land and to protect those who are weaker than ourselves.

With all the pain that came along with making the transition from another country, learning a new language, and trusting a new people, I have found myself. I am free. I am proud and I am an American!

This I Believe!”