I never tire of unraveling the stars and strips on a day like today. I am reminded that I can sleep in my bed safely because I have people round the clock protecting me. I think of the diversity of culture: while my family will barbeques chicken another family may be making tamales, and another okra or ribs. I can enjoy my culture within a culture and welcome the beliefs and mores of my neighbor. I smile because we are celebrating becoming a country on this day…
“… Hot Dogs get your hot dogs”
Yes today is a day to celebrate freedom and like so many other american past times baseball is where I love to enjoy family time, food and the fourth of July. My team is the world champions for 2010 The San Francisco Giants.
“… Sizzle, Crack, pop, whiz, B A N G”
“Honey be sure to hold those sparklers away from your body.
Dear that bottle rocket is going to… Yes that’s right. Hit the neighbor’s car.”
Sprays of blues, reds, silver green mingle to become breathtaking noise and light.
These were the times that I enjoyed as my children covered their ears
and danced with delight.
I am reminded when I heard the order that I had a duty.
It was an honor to serve my country,
my people with the hope of peace.
I waved at my fellow aviators as they flew by me going mach speeds
I am proud to be free to celebrate on a day
like the 4th of July.
I am reminded that there is a price for peace
-sometimes a rather high one
I pray that there will be no more need for men and women to die
I wish each of you a Happy Forth of July for the many reasons –
Family, food, celebration, freedom.