Here’s to You, America

In fourteen-hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean bl- Wait. That’s not right.

USA

239 years ago our four fathers (plus some) signed a paper that said, “We out.”

Obviously there’s a little more drama and bloodshed, but essentially we quit England and became America.

I’m sure everyone in the 13 colonies was on board. I mean, when the federal government makes a decision it’s because everyone’s total for it. Either way, things seemed to turn out alright and I don’t have to spell “favorite” with a random “u”.

Call me a dork, but I find history fascinating. I learn something new every time I use Google. (Or open a book, I guess, but Google is just so much easier and if history has taught me anything it’s that the easy way is totally the best (and most accurate) way.) I love looking up dates and facts and timelines. For example, do you know what years the Revolutionary War was fought? How about The War of 1812? (Actually, I hope you can figure that one out…) Or the Alamo? or Civil War?

Of course we have more than just war in our colorful past, but how crazy is it that in 1776 we were just like, “Ok, we are becoming our own people”, and we’re still going (relatively) strong today!

. . .

Since someone scheduled Independence Day so close to all the racial and nuptial turmoil I’m sure the following phrases will be uttered:

“America was founded on freedom!”

“America was founded on religion!”

“America was founded on religious freedom!”

“America was founded on God!”

“America was founded to escape persecution!”

“America was founded to escape tea time!”

“America was founded so we had a place to send convicts!”

…no. That last one was Australia. Nevermind.

Anyway, what I’m getting at here is “this land was made for you and me.” This country is for everyone. Everyone. We’re still working on making it a happy place for everyone, but Saturday I’m going to celebrate how close we’re getting to making this a reality.

And that’s all I’m going to say about it.

So bring on the strawberries and sparklers and fireworks and bald eagles.

What’s your favorite 4th of July tradition? Will you be attending any family reunions this weekend? Do you prefer fireworks or sparklers?

-Louise

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