A lot of books have been written that include holidays. Christmas probably tops the list. While I love Christmas stories, I also enjoy books that include America’s (land of the free, home of the brave) independence and patriotism.
While I might not agree with everything that happens in the United States, it’s my home and I love it. I remember how different things were when I was young, and I recall the stories my parents and grandparents told about growing up here. Those memories, and yours, can often be used in a story. There’s nothing wrong with being patriotic.
We’ve been listening to fireworks for four days (five by the time you read this), and it makes me wonder how many people love the fireworks and tend to forget what they represent – what we’re celebrating.
Just me, but I think it’s important to remember why we celebrate the 4th of July. Independence as a country is huge in the grand scheme of things. I support our military, I salute the flag, and I loved Mom’s apple pie. Songs from World War II were often patriotic. There’s one called “Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer” by the Song Spinners that can bring tears to my eyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZo7TsFIQdw). America, The Beautiful has the same effect.
My husband once bought a sign that he hung in our garage. It said, “A Patriotic American and His Little Miss Liberty Live Here”. I loved it.
The men and women of this country, both military and just plain citizens, have done everything possible to keep us safe and free. Independence comes at a price that equals nothing else.
Save those fireworks for the 4th of July. Let them mean something. Let them remind us of what we’re celebrating – The American Independence Day. Visit a park and sit on the green grass while you watch a fireworks display. Hang up your American flags. Join your neighbors for a barbeque topped with friendship (like we used to do, in the “old days”). Sing the national anthem. Give thanks for what we have.
I’ll end this with a funny story. You’ll have to visualize this one. My daughter has a twelve pound Chiwienie (half Chihuahua and half Dachshund) who’s terrified of certain noises, fireworks being one of them. When she hears the crack or the boom, she literally climbs up my daughters chest, onto her shoulder, and up onto her head. Wish I had a video of it.
I wish you all a safe and fun Fourth of July!
Maybe I should sign this Little Miss Liberty. Nah, these are just some thoughts from Marja the mystery writer (whose characters also believe in patriotism).
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