Last night, I attempted to hang red, white and blue bunting from my front porch as an expression of my patriotism. I nearly catapulted myself into some shrubbery, but thankfully I stayed upright due to my amazing core strength. Due to a variety of circumstances, plastic siding and faulty Velcro being the main ones, I failed at my attempt. Nevertheless, I will try again. I consider it my civic duty.
The 4th of July is every good emotion and memory I have wrapped up in one explosive day. I love everything about it, even the possibility of losing a toe because of a wayward Black Cat.
I love the 4th of July.
I love big, juicy hamburgers on the grill, smothered in onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard and dill pickles.
I love cousins who spend their entire year's allowance on fireworks and happily light them off in the driveway.
I love the hot sun on my shoulders and the freckles that result.
I love the Star-Spangled Banner. I could hear it everyday of my life and not grow tired of it.
I love homemade ice cream and my Aunt Marge's homemade fudge sauce.
I love the endless possibilities of how one can use a water hose on your family members.
I love the sense of unity, of community, of celebrating something that people are still fighting for.
I love cream cheese frosting, especially in the form of the flag.
I love parades, floats, marching bands and kids riding their bikes with streamers flying off their handlebars.
I love tradition and celebration, using this day as an excuse to get together.
I love this country. Having traveled to over 25 others, I am still glad this is the one I come home to.
I hope your 4th of July is fantastic in every possible way.