Happy Birthday, America!

A few years ago, we received this homemade card from our son and daughter-in-law.  Both of their fathers were Air Force career men, so they remember the sacrifices that military families make.

I pray, as a nation, we never forget the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this imperfect, but still the best, country on the planet.  It's true that freedom isn't free.  Today, because of those who have served, we can:

1.  Grill and burn as many hot dogs as we want.

2.  Fight over the last corn-on-the-cob.

3.  Pellet each other with water balloons.

4.  Drink too much beer.

5.  Display the American flag on our property.

6.  Own property.

7.  Enjoy all kinds of red-white-and-blue Jello salads.

8.  Raise the water bill by running through the sprinkler all afternoon.

9.  Follow the town parade down the street.

10.  Write our name in the dark with sparklers.

11.  Spend too much money on firecrackers.

12.  Annoy our neighbors with firecrackers.

13.  Injure ourselves with firecrackers.

14.  Sing America, the Beautiful.  

15.  Spit watermelon seeds at each other.

16.  Vote.

17.  Argue over whom to vote for.

18.  Enjoy the DVD John Adams, the excellent (originally HBO) mini-series.

19.  Make a patriotic pinwheel out of a paper plate, a pencil, and a thumb tack.

20.  Remember that we are all created equal. 

Have a patriotic day!


Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count said...

We like to watch Independence Day and 1776! Have a great July 4th, Mare!

Juli said...

So many people forget WHY we can do all these things. And while I won't be drinking beer, I plan to be in a full on food coma by 2pm.

Plant Seeds of Happiness said...

Yeah for the red, white, & blue & then YOU "."
Have a very great 4th!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful list and a great reminder to celebrate our independence.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more, Mare. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day, and enjoy doing most of those things on your list.

Emmy said...

Yes there really are so many to thank for what we have. We really are blessed.
Following you now too :)

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I think it is great that you are patriotic and hope you have a great 4th July but I have to disagree that America is the best country I happen to think Australia is but hell that is to be expected since I am Australian and love my country..... I think most people love their own country not sure about those who live in a 3rd world country but some of them may also love their own country.......

Saimi said...

Found your blog through Emmy, great list by the way!!

happy 4th to you too!!!

momto8 said...

oh yes...how true!! and how much we take for granted.

kim said...

Couldn't agree more! Actually, I agree with you on so many things I'm thinking we could be friends! or long lost cousins at least.

Lynn Proctor said...

wonderful reminder of our precious freedoms, and how they do not come easy

Danielle L Zecher said...

I love your list, and you're so right that freedom isn't free. Many thanks to the military folks in your family.

renae said...

Hi there, I've seen you on Chatty's and MerrydotDandy's sites. I love both of them and want to get to know you. I'm hopping over to join your site RIGHT NOW! cool... (chatty and are have hit it off and Mary and I are sisters. really.

Rita said...

Happy 4th!
That was a great miniseries!!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

So true and goes for other countries as well countries like mine I am proud to be an Australian and think I live in the best country ever just like you do