Amongst all the fireworks and BBQs, the true reason for today’s holiday can get a bit lost. But I think it’s important to teach our kids to respect this country and what it stands for. When I look around, the country seems so divided. It seems like far too many people have a “my way or the highway” mentality. I get the sense people are afraid to say they are proud to be an American, or worse, actually not proud. People seem to forget that our independence is what gives them the ability to speak those differences. People in countries across the world fear for their lives for much less. The United States of America is a country I’m proud to call home. I’m proud of its history and think our founding fathers were spot on some 200 years ago when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Regardless of my opinion on current politicians, health care, economics or marriage, I know that my children are being raised in a country that allows them the freedom to be themselves. They should never fear retribution for their beliefs, their faith or their goals. I hope the hubs and I provide them with a strong example of knowing what you believe and not being afraid to stand up for those beliefs. For us, we were fortunate enough to move into a neighborhood that calls itself “Happyville” a few years ago. They have a long standing tradition of a 4th of July parade around our neighborhood, complete with a small marching band and the firetruck bringing up the rear. My kids will grow up understanding that today is celebration and we are proud Americans.
I hope you all have been fortunate enough to spend the day like we did, surrounded by good friends and family. For those who serve our country so we can safely enjoy our lives, thank you – I can only begin to imagine the sacrifices you make for us.