Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th!

Today is a great day.  A day when all Americans are celebrating what it means to be American.  But that got me thinking...What does it mean to be American?

It means being free.  Free to choose your life.  Free to choose where you live, what you do, who you are friends with.  Free to choose how you worship, or if you worship.  Free to wear whatever you want.  Free to eat whatever you can afford.  Free to vote and support or criticize your government without repercussions.  Free to visit 49 other states than the one you live in without passports, stops, or other hardships.  And let's not forget that this freedom comes from the wonderful men and women who volunteer to fight for us.  THANK YOU to all of those that serve or have served in our armed forces!!!

Being American means enjoying baseball, football, and basketball...or not.  It means working hard and playing hard.  Enjoying apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, cheeseburgers, and Coke.  Shopping Malls and traffic jams.  Any kind of music you might be into from Country and Bluegrass to punk rock and classical.

Being American means celebrating in the middle of summer when it's super hot and blowing up really big explosives up in the sky for all to see.  It means time with family and friends to slow down, enjoy the moment and all that makes America wonderful.

I hope each and everyone of you (American or not) has a day filled with happiness and freedom.  May we always remember how blessed we are.  I hope your 4th of July makes you glad for today too.

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