Happy Independence Day to all of my American friends! For those of you who are outside of our country, happy Wednesday. 😀
Every year on this day we American’s celebrate the birth of our nation, via the Declaration of Independence in 1776. We barbecue, or drive to visit family. We watch amazing fireworks displays and have a few drinks. We play patriotic music and fly our flag proudly. It’s one of my favorite holidays.
I remember being a little kid and my parents taking my sister, brother and I down to the local shopping center to watch the fireworks at the end of the day. When you are little you don’t know what the holiday actually means. You are taught about it in history class and it is so far removed from anything in your life that you can’t comprehend just how enormous an effect it had on your whole existence.
I like to take this day and think about my freedoms and how lucky I am to have them. As a woman in this country, I can love who I want, marry or not marry, have children or not, go to school, own a business, own property and many other things that I take for granted every day. On this day I like to remind myself that being an independent woman is something that not all other women in the world will ever experience. We are the life-givers, the earth mothers, the first teachers and protectors of the young in every country and it is my fervent hope that women all over the world will one day share in the independence that I am so very proud to have. We still have a long way to go here in our country, but every year we make gains and I am very happy to have the opportunities that I do. So thank you to our founding fathers for taking that huge, decisive step forward and thank you to all the women in this country who fought for the rights and freedoms that I enjoy.
I’ll get off of my soap box now and get back to grilling and celebrating. I hope that you all, in America and everywhere else, have a wonderful day full of reflection and positivity.