All across the United States today, people are pausing to remember, and think about, loved ones who are serving or have served in our armed forces. Very few of us have not been touched in some way by those in service of the country; either by veterans past or present, or perhaps tales of loved ones only known from photos and a flower-bedecked marker in a cemetery.
While it can be hard to remember or miss, there are still causes for celebration today. Another year of freedom. Another year of living in a country where many things are possible. A time to spend with family and friends, a time to overeat, a time to reminisce.
A time to enjoy fireworks. Perhaps where you live you’ve already seen some this year. After all, some parts of the country held their shows early to allow for the fact this holiday fell on a Tuesday this year. But for all of us, fireworks are an excuse to indulge in childlike wonder, a feeling that can be hard to capture when our thoughts turn to turbulent times and painful reminders. While we honor those who have done their duty, take time to take pleasure in those things around us; after all, the joy we find in life is what makes it worth living and fighting for.
Happy Independence Day to all!