Upon visiting a new site for fellow bloggers and writers this morning, I discovered this picture.
It wasn't until after I had been staring at the photo (for several minutes!) and then left a comment for the host that I realized what the subject matter was, and then what I was supposed to do!
It took me a minute, but it hit me - it's a close-up of firecrackers! Cool. Still feeling the "glow" of our 4th of July festivities and fun, I really liked this picture. It just tied in beautifully with all that our family did over the long 4th of July weekend!
Magpie Tales instructed us to write a "short vignette or poem" on the basis of this photo. Today being Monday, July 5th, I have to say that it still feels like we're on the holiday! Although many businesses are closed today - in honor of the holiday that fell on a Sunday this year - the "hullabaloo" is over, the cloudy haze from thousands of fireworks has cleared, the frantic last-minute grocery shopping is over, and even the traffic isn't as bad. We are filled with great memories of another celebration of our country's independence and freedom. Spent with family and dear friends, I couldn't let the day go by without remembering why I'm glad I'm an American.
We are Blessed and fortunate to live in a nation that - although it has it's flaws and failures - still continues to offer us so much more. In that regard, I decided to keep today's posting simple. (and sometimes, "simple" is better!) Thinking of all those reasons I'm glad to be an American, I actually started making this list last night while watching even more fireworks - way off in the distance - from the top of our front-porch roof! (we have quite a "view" from that perch!)
Top Ten Reasons I'm Glad to Be an American
(in no particular order)
- We can travel and participate in vacations anywhere within this great country without issue.
- We can even travel outside the country, visiting neighbors world-wide, knowing that we can always return home.
- My children have always been guaranteed an education.
- Regardless of the paperwork, red-tape, and hassle, we have always been able to find health-care.
- Even though we may not always choose to do so, all citizens have the ability and right to vote for their governmental representatives. And we can do (or not do) this without fear of reprisal.
- If we don't "like" our current life and circumstances, we have the freedom to pick up and start over elsewhere.
- We have the privilege and ability to choose and participate in many forms of recreation and entertainment - from sports activities and clubs, to movies and concerts ( and yes, even neighborhood parties with fireworks!) - without excessive censorship or interference.
- We can be anything we want - or dream - to be!
After the fireworks, picnics, sitting with family, drinking with friends, playing with the kids, what better way to contemplate what this country stands for? I also thank and honor all of those who have ever given the ultimate sacrifice in support of this belief and cause.
"In the truest sense,
freedom cannot be bestowed;
it must be achieved."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
What are your Top Ten?
Pay it forward - spread a smile!