It's a shame that we celebrate our independence just once a year, and that the very holiday meant to offer a time of thanks for the freedoms we enjoy has become commercialized. Maybe I am crass- I just can't help it.
The 4th of July has always been a bit like Thanksgiving to me. Many of the things I am thankful for are afforded because we live in a free state where we can pursue what makes us happy- the place we live, the careers we have chosen, the churches we attend. Sure there may be things we don't agree with, and whether we want to think people are all treated equally, they aren't. Still, all these things, and the right to disagree, were made possible by a small group of forward thinkers who set out to do things just a bit differently.
Can you imagine trying to get 13 of the families in your community to agree to take the risk of a lifetime and join you on what seems like a wild goose chase. That's what our founders did, except it was 13 colonies- that's quite a few opinions. Think how things might be different had they failed.
In between the time at the beach, picnics and cookouts, games of horseshoes, lemonade and home-made ice cream, think about what you are doing and how fortunate you are to live where you do.
Happy Independence Day from your friends at Cupboards.