When I first staged this picture and planned what I was going to write about, I had planned to write about how this time of year brings out the patriotic in even the most jaded American citizen. However, while searching for a version of the American Anthem to include in today’s post I came across this song…. and as usual it inspired me to write something closer to my heart.
The ideal of our 4th of July brings to mind images from my childhood. Hot steamy summer BBQ’a with tons of food, family, fun, and Fireworks. I remember a time when the 4th of July started with a trip to the town parade with Dad while Mom got the food ready to go. Then after we would pile into the car and head to the lake, meeting the rest of the extended family in a pavilion. We would eat, and play volley ball, horse shoes, lawn darts, and tag. The men would drink and argue politics and the women talked babies and shared gossip. Then when it got dark we would head to the biggest firework show in the area and ooo and ahhh at the pretty colors. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it?
That was my 4th of July from a Child’s perspective. Peaceful Innocent, and pure. even as i started to get older and learned exactly how we gained this freedom we celebrated year after year, it did not sink in what we were celebrating. The words of this song strike deep within me.
“Each generation from the plains
To distant shore with the gifts
What they were given
To leave more
Valiant battles fought together
Acts of conscience fought alone
These are the seeds
From which America has grown
Let them say of me
I was one who believed
In sharing the blessings
I don’t know how to put it any better than this…. We as a country need to come together and put aside our petty arguments. We need to come together with one common purpose, to make this world something we can be proud to leave for our Grandchildren.
Hair: Truth – Astra
Shirt: Kendrasy Creations – Brunna Top
Shorts: Addams – Epiphany
Pose: iBang – stand 443 (closing July 15th! All poses 100L)