Baby, you’re a firework

I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July!

I, like many of you, spent a lot of time staring at the blank space right above the trees, waiting for a loud bang and a release of beautiful exploding powder. As I sat there watching fireworks with the person I love, and with complete strangers who had stopped to witness, I looked around and thought, “Look at everything we have built.”

It was 235 years ago, in 1776, that the United States issued the Declaration of Independence, and since then we have been working to build everything we live in, purchase/sell, pass along, eat/drink, share, protect, all of which we celebrated yesterday. We haven’t always gotten it right. Our country has made its mistakes, had its financial troubles, fought in its wars, experienced its depressions. But we always come back strong, and that is beautiful.

Yesterday, we celebrated what people 235 years ago celebrated: Our chance to build something that is our own.

Our country, now 3.79 million square miles with over 310 million people, started simply as an idea. We haven’t rested since that idea came to fruition. We have been pulling all nighters, fighting for our beliefs, saving others, correcting our mistakes, manufacturing vehicles and other helpful household items, paving highways, finding cures to diseases, educating our young, the list goes on and on, and will continue on and on.  

Because that’s the beautiful thing about living in America: We watch the open space, just where the treeline ends, waiting for something surprising and magnificent. We dream. We respond. We will always fight for our country and for everything we’ve built with our own two hands.

Through the good and the bad: This is our country. This is our past, present and future. This is our home.

Photo by: Dean Hoffmeyer

Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones 

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