"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Simple Celebrations

America celebrates her birthday this week. As a citizen of this land I have come to love this holiday. I love the history of our nation, and I love that I have the freedoms that I have.

Traditions are as important as a set schedule for a family. There is always wiggle room in a schedule, but establishing traditions establish a continuity for family.

For as long as the kids can remember we have have celebrated the Fourth in this manner: We go to the parades(sometimes one or more may be in) have a BBQ, watch the fireworks and then watch Independence Day with Will Smith. We dress in of course reds, whites, and blues, ooh and ahh the floats the antique cars, the hot rods, the horses, the veterans, the bicycles, the clowns, and the First Responders. We take a zillion pictures, visit and chat with those sitting next to us on the curb, and all in all cherish being a citizen.

Sometimes we share stories, and hear of immigrants and their path to becoming an American citizen. I will not lie, I often get teary eyed with pride of my country as I celebrate the day.

Friends this day costs very little. Just a few hot dogs and BBQ fixings, yet the memories are lifelong. My oldest calls to confirm the schedule, and we discussed past celebrations. My husband and I will sit in fold up chairs to watch the fireworks holding hands. We do reflect to our first whirlwind summer. We met, got engaged and married within 6 weeks.(He proposed 2 days after meeting!) Our first 4th was of me seeing Bill engaging in all sorts of athletic events(ever the hero to his young bride to be)!!

The costs are so minimal, so my friends make the time to have low cost dates with the family. And for those who are without many family members, invite yourself along...we often have several guests with us on the 4th. Last year we had dear friends show up and we had a fun eve. This year the kids have invited a few friends and we expect to welcome any arrivals. So don't forget to include your neighbor next door, or the young couple down the block.

Happy Fourth of July...I will take photos of course!

3 comments:

diana said...

the 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. part of it is that it is a simple holiday spent with friends on a summer's day. and since i love fireworks, the finale of the day is always worth looking forward to.

this year's a little different for us. even though danielle came home, jake has to work. so we're having an early bbq. then when jake goes off to work, the three of us are going to go see wall-e. and then fireworks after that. it will be a nice day. hope yours is, too.

philosophy within poetry said...

Treasured are the memories of two loving hearts and feel sure your children will follow you and Bill's example.

As you sit hand in had may the day be one of meaningful reflection and pride in your children - as they grow in status and nuture.

Blessings to you all this important day.

Jackie said...

We will be going to our third small town parade right here in our home town -- there were none in L.A. Then, we'll go to the high school and wait for the fireworks. We'll have a picnic dinner and make sure we have bug spray. It's so much fun. We're all looking forward to it!