The 4th is one of my favorite holidays. Since I’m a firm believer in fully celebrating every occasion, calling the 4th one of my favorites seems a bit insincere. However, the 4th of July does hold a special place in my heart.
Land That I Love
This holiday is always pretty magical for me. I love celebrating our country with family, friends, and strategically planned red, white and blue everything. I create my 4th of July playlist months in advance, full of tunes that make me proud to be an American (see what I did there?). I try to spend every Independence Day at our family cottage on Keuka Lake, and can hardly contain my excitement when the fireworks light the sky and illuminate the water.
I’m one hundred percent a patriot, almost emotionally so. Maybe because I’ve sacrificed in a very small way for this country, maybe because my family is full of servicemen that have served through the years, maybe because I still have close friends serving today. Whatever the reason, I value and respect those that serve this country.
And our country is in a strange place these days. Polarized and divided by beliefs and values, it’s becoming increasingly harder for Americans to form a united front on any issue. And while most people don’t find anything beautiful or especially great about that fact, it’s the difference of opinion and lifestyle that prove the sacrifice has been worth it.
Even though we might not agree with each other’s politics, choice of religion, or lifestyle, we are all Americans, and servicemen and women have sacrificed for each of us to have the liberty and freedom to openly disagree – to be different from one another.
To quote my father, who very rarely offers up sound bites as eloquent as this: “Just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean I hate you. The problem is when people hate what’s different. Our differences make us who we are.”
To disagree is a privilege and a right granted to us by the sacrifices of others. It’s something we should all remember today, as we celebrate our continued freedom as a country.
I hope you all have a very happy and patriotic 4th!