Happy Independence Day to all! And a special thanks to all those who have sacrificed over the years to keep this country free.
I consider myself a patriot – not in the soldier sense, but in my heart. I recognize that as a country we are far from perfect, but flaws and all I love this country. I am grateful to all those who have fought and served to make and keep her free. I have often looked into my most strongly held beliefs (also known as analyzing the crap out of them) to explore the origins, my actual attachment to them and belief in them, et cetera. I associate my love of country with my mother, and like my mother, it was just always there. I don’t remember her expressly saying things about loving my country – it wasn’t a lesson that was learned that way. I remember her discussing different points in American history and the importance of them and how they helped shape the growth of a new nation. I remember her teaching me to respect the flag because it is a representation of our nation. I remember her reciting the Gettysburg Address, then explaining why it was important. I remember that she listened to patriotic music, and experienced it every time.
Perhaps this is why I associate the fourth of July with my mom – it is the day of the year that we celebrate this pride and love of country, a day of unity as Americans. Or perhaps it really just comes down to the fact that patriotic music makes me think of my mom, and short of sporting events, Independence Day is the day we listen to and sing these songs. I suppose the reason doesn’t matter – the association is there.
So happy Independence Day to all!! And thanks, Mom, for teaching me not only that it is important, but why.
(This post did not end at the intended destination of departure…this may happen often – apologies in advance.)