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Today as I write this post about Independence Day, a flood of emotions and memories good through my mind.
This year, many places will not be hosting their fireworks celebrations and parties because of fear and hate. Fear that people will get the feared COVID-19 yet protests, riots, and demonstrations against many aspects, including the destruction of statues and public property, of America can continue without concerns. For me, this has been highly offensive because we should be celebrating our freedoms and the independence of our country! Hate doesn't belong in any aspect of this country. Except maybe when it comes to Brussel Sprouts!
I grew up being taught to respect others even if you do not agree with them... respect. A huge word full of great meaning but not taught nearly as much these days. It has been a challenge to maintain those teachings over the years but I have learned quite a bit from others and have been truly missing that these days.
When I was growing up, my mother's family would have a July 4th Family Reunion. Everyone I was related to in "them thar hills of West Virginia" would come down their mountain to go to another mountain for the family picnic. When I was a very young boy, it seemed just like that. Everyone lived on the side of a mountain and some even owned their mountain. That was really cool for me. I was pretty introverted back then, not quite as bad these days but am still not into parties, so I didn't really "enjoy" these reunions that much but I liked the food. Of course, it was always great to see the relatives. What I liked about them was they were who they were and weren't pretentious or fake. My favorite part of the day though was always sitting on the front porch of my grandmother's house waiting for the trains to go by and watching the few fireworks in the distance.
Remember today as you Independence Day, love your and respect your fellow man, don't hate them! Also, remember to thank those people who worked so hard over the years of this country to provide and protect our freedoms and the First Responders who diligently work to care for us when it's needed.
US Armed Forces
and First Responders!