Like every other big holiday, the 4th of July is filled with memories.
I remember going to the parades. I remember sitting on my grandmother’s front porch to watch the fireworks. I remember the excitement I felt as a child lighting sparklers. I still enjoy that, even though it has been decades since I have last lit a sparkler.
Fast forward to today.
Tomorrow is Independance Day. America’s birthday. Can’t tell you how old this great country is. I didn’t keep on counting after the bi-centennial year. I know, my bad.
Tomorrow, I will be working. There will be no firework displays to enjoy, no sparklers to be lit. I didn’t bother to buy any. And there will be no picnics in the mountains or at the park.
I can reflect though. I know this country is going through a change. I have never seen so much contention in my life. At least, not since the Vietnam War era. Any more, I don’t even like watching the news, but I also know I can’t stick my head in the sand and wait for it to be. I am wise enough to know that it isn’t going to end any time soon. For now, all I can do is sit, watch, pray, and hope things turn out better and america remains great.
One thing I know for sure, tomorrow is a great day to cast aside political differences, disagreements, etc and celebrate the freedoms we still have, while staying safe.