Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Let Freedom Ring...

I'm sure pretty much everyone knows this already, but today is the USA's birthday!  People are out parading and barbecuing and lighting fireworks and partying up America.  And, I was actually planning to go a totally different direction for this post, but then I had a friend who invited me to an event on facebook and I just totally changed my mind! 

You see, this is my friend's first Fourth of July as an American citizen. She has been living here for somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 years and this is the year she actually got to go take the test, be done with the green card, and become official!


She invited a bunch of us to read the Declaration of Independence and think about the sacrifices that were made so we could live and believe as we choose. And she asked that we write something about this land and freedom (and not politics).  Cool right? I'm doing it!

I think, especially in an election year, people in the US get so caught up in being disgruntled with the government and general civic unhappiness.  Today is a day to forget about that!  It's a day to be glad we even have a chance to voice our political opinions, or choose our leaders.


It's a day to be grateful we aren't forced to wear certain clothing, or worship in a certain way.  We can choose what we want to do, and what we want to say. There are many many people who don't have these privileges. Americans are lucky!  I suspect that often this comes across in a bragging manner in the eyes of other nations and I really don't mean it that way at all.

I just mean we are lucky!  It's humbling to live in a country that was founded on the ideals that all people have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! I'm grateful for the men and women who believed in those rights and fought for them!  Happy Birthday America!

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PS- All of today's images come straight from this book.  The text is lyrics from the Star Spangled Banner and the illustrations are, like the above, different patriotic photos and paintings.  It'd be a great way to help familiarize kids with why all the partying is going on today. 

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