Saturday, July 4, 2009

Four things On the Fourth

1. The first fourth of July I ever spent away from my family was in England. Which was fun. Because we went to all the pub, blew up fire works, and attempted to start pub fights in the name of honor and independence.

2. I got married on July 7th, 2007 (7/7/07). I thought, Hey! It'd be great for the two families to meet with a fourth of July cookout! Just three days before I get married! At my house! *groan* It was ROUGH...but also a lot of fun, and one of my happiest fourth of July memories.

3. I recently got back from Florida, after visiting my uncle, who is a WWII vet. He's the kind of uncle who likes to tell stories (which I love) no matter what the time, place or appropriateness (which my aunt does not love). But today, I find myself thinking about some of those stories with a smile on my face and a sense of awe in my heart. I think I'll go write him a letter today.

4. The Fourth of July is one of the few truly American holidays. It has no ties to religion, just history. William Faulkner said, "We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." So, go out and practice some freedom today! Whatever your activity, be it cooking out, writing, going to the coffee house with friends, or watching fireworks, don't forget to be conscious of the freedom you have to do anything!


Robyn Campbell said...

Hmm, I think I'll be at OUR coffee house with you. Enjoying your company and having a wonderful meeting. :)See you soon.

Captain Hook said...

Great post, Beth.

Anonymous said...

Love this! 4 for 4!

I know we plan on watching the fireworks and eating delecious food (my kind of thing any day)!
My husband is in the Army, along with my Grandpa's so I def. get the freedom thought and yes I think about all the stuff American (women especially) can do on their own free will. I'm very happy to be an American and this holiday is perfect to celebrate!

B.J. Anderson said...

This is an awesome post, and I couldn't agree with you more on practicing your freedom. And your uncle sounds like a sweety. :D

Deborah Talmadge said...

Part of practicing our freedom is striving to keep that freedom.

Diane said...

Great memories. Thanks for sharing!