Why the 4th??? #ForthofJuly

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.

“Play Ball!!!”

“… 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.

 

 

 

“… Attention”

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

in war.

 

 I wish each of you a Happy Forth of July for the many reasons –

Family, food, celebration, freedom.

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San Francisco’s Beauty the Golden Gate (Friday 55 Flash Fiction)

Strong, towering and magnificent she stands.

A bridge to the past and the future.

The Gold Rush brought them from near and far, on ships, wagons, later trains.

Many stayed to call this place home.

To give people jobs a project building a grand suspension bridge was undertaken in the 30s.

She is practical beauty.

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I was born in San Francisco. Not many native born San Franciscans around. I am proud of her beauty and her culture. I am also proud of my team this week. My dad waited for many years and never saw his team pull off a World Series. Way to go SF Giants!!!

Thanks to the G-man for the tireless work of hosting this Flash Fiction every week. It’s a site of wonderful people and a place to have fun as well. Come join us.

Thanks to Dawn Endico for the Golden Gate shot:http://www.flickr.com/photos/candiedwomanire/1981843/

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