“The Fourth of July is a holiday that we celebrate, sort of like Presidents’ Day or even Christmas. It’s called Independence Day and we make sure to spend time together recognizing our freedom. Did you know that there are some people in the world that aren’t allowed to do some things like we are?” I didn’t know how much she was registering or if it made sense to her, but this was a good jumping off point in the conversations surrounding this week’s holiday.
When I read my friend Jessica’s post over at Momma’s Gone City, I thought how beautiful to see the Fourth of July through a child’s lens.
If only we as adults could see as simply as a child at certain times in our lives especially on holidays. Perhaps today it would let us focus on the actual enjoyment of the Freedom that we all enjoy one way or another in our families and communities.
Today at our Village’s annual Independence Day Parade, I tried to watch it through my granddaughter’s eyes and the eyes of the other children that surrounded us trying to share and partake in their excitement and awe seeing the paraders. I clapped when they followed the cue of the applause of the surrounding grownups for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and when our school marched by. I grabbed for some candy that was being passed out along the parade route and I got bored when my granddaughter got bored when the politicians appeared waving from their slow moving cars.
I sat down when my legs and her legs were tired of standing and I got up when she became restless towards the end. I must admit I lingered in an adult moment of gratitude when this car came by us and gave thanks and thought of what these gentlemen had given to me, someone they didn’t even know and who wasn’t even alive when they were at war for my freedom. I waved my hand and said a prayer of thanksgiving for all those soldiers who suffered and even died so I could enjoy my independence today!As the old cars passed I smiled but as my granddaughter said, I did not want a car like it because it just didn’t look too comfortable for our rides downtown and through our snow covered streets in winter.
When the parade ended…I was happy to move on to the next activity of the day and get ready for a barbecue and fireworks after sunset.
Thank you to all of our service men and women who have given up so much for all of us so that we can celebrate today and honor them as we do so.
Weekend Reading It is already the Fourth of July weekend…and it has hardly felt like summer at all because of cool temperatures and mega amounts of rain so far here in Chicago. The sun is shining today and it promised … Continue reading →
Pregnancy at 30 Weeks I am thrilled that my daughter is in her third trimester of pregnancy as is she…”the homestretch”. Soon we will be meeting the newest member of our family. He is now around 15.7 inches from … Continue reading →
Pregnancy and Anxiety… by Adrienne Lavine Be proactive. Be proactive. Be proactive. Less than a year ago this was me getting married last Fall in Newport, Rhode, Island. We were nervous as newlyweds but now we are about to … Continue reading →
Weekend Reading…My Favorites I have a summer reading list but many summers it carries me over into fall. The last time I read all the books on my summer list was on Martha’s Vineyard probably around 15 years ago. Primates … Continue reading →
Pregnancy at 29 Weeks I can’t believe that in 10 weeks or so I will be meeting my new grandson for the first time! Right now he weighs in at about 2 1/2 pounds. He is only the size of … Continue reading →
Pregnancy and House Cleaning How difficult it is to choose the “right” cleaning products for your home? This is an especially hard task for mom-to-be during her pregnancy. I find it super difficult these days because of the many years … Continue reading →
Pregnancy…travel when you can… by Adrienne Lavine During Easter Break, week 17 into week 18, I met my family in Pompano Beach, Florida for a little pregnancy R&R. I was nervous for the whole three and half hour flight but … Continue reading →
Pregnancy at 28 Weeks This beautiful eggplant represents the size of your sweet little baby that has now grown to be about 14 1/2 inches from head to heels and weighs around 2 1/4 pounds at this time in your … Continue reading →
Yay it’s the weekend! Sailing into Summer… My weekend is a precious time for me and my family. I try to stay away from screens although with a blog it is difficult not to maintain some daily presence on social … Continue reading →