Growing up – and still living and working – literally in sight of Monticello makes this a truly momentous day. As I write, a very distinguished group is gathering on that mountaintop to conduct what is probably the most sought-after naturalization ceremony in the country. They will have a hot, humid, beautiful setting for their event!
What never fails to strike me about this great document that birthed a nation is not Mr. Jefferson’s great way with words. There is no doubt that his words are powerful and stir up great emotion still today, but I always pause to reflect upon the signatures at the bottom; those brave men signed not just this declaration, but in doing so, their own death warrants. They very literally put their own lives on the line, and those of their families and neighbors, because freedom and liberty were that sacred to them.
The most natural next thought for me is of the men and women then and since who have put their lives on the line to keep us free, and to spread the gift of democracy to others. I am so very grateful for our Founding Fathers courage, patriotism and vision, and I am deeply indebted to the generations of men and women who keep us free.
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. ~George Bernard Shaw
But it is also Thorsday, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that many pets don’t appreciate the way most communities celebrate the 4th. Gretchen Greer is one of them. I intend to exhaust her doing happy things throughout the day, and then by nightfall, we’ll be tucked in, shades drawn, watching a loud, action movie, and if we’re lucky, we’ll get through all the surrounding fireworks displays without too much stress for any of us. It’s a bit sad, because the Knight and I both love fireworks, but we love Gg more.
If your pets don’t care for fireworks either, please share how you get through it on the girls’ blog.
What are you celebrating today?