Tuesday, July 5, 2011

An Uneventful July 4th

What do you do on the 4th when you have a “bug,” a stiff neck, and no energy? You apply heat alternating with ice over the next few days, and wait it out.

My husband was a good sport, and waited with me. We had a “virtual” celebration watching clips of local parades and celebrations. We had our own “virtual” poolside barbecue, courtesy of the Food Channel, yum, while we scarfed down leftovers and junk food, and slurped our “virtual” Bloody Mary’s (sans alcohol) made of V-8 juice.

Signs of the 4th were “virtually” everywhere! The snap, crackle and pop of neighborhood bottle rockets and firecrackers went on all day and into the night. We watched Macy’s Fireworks display on one channel, and “A Capitol Fourth” on another. The veterans, the faces of the children, the patriotic music uplifted us as we slumped and settled in like couch potatoes.

When they played and sang “Amazing Grace” I wondered where the protests were from the ACLU and the Atheists, but the crowd cheered afterward and the show went on. America truly is the “land of the free, and the home of the brave.” Our Christian roots will never be forgotten. They must not be forgotten. Our freedom comes from God not from the government. We must protect it with our very lives if necessary.

Statue of Liberty

My virtual holiday may have been uneventful, but it was far from boring. What I saw, what I witnessed and heard gave me hope for a better tomorrow.

The photos in today’s blog are of children and grandchildren celebrating July 4th in their own special ways.