Happy Birthday America
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July 4, 1776
Independence Day July 4th. On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream. The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people.
Today is America’s birthday – how will I celebrate?
It has been years since I attended festivities and fireworks. Will I attend today?
Last year, I spent this day out of town for the first time ever on this holiday. Gary and I were in Florida looking at locations to live and ended our trip by spending this day with his family. This year we are staying home again as we have done so many previous years. This is our last time to spend this holiday in our current home. In less than a month, we will be leaving this home and starting our drive to Florida. Today we celebrate it one last time here in this home.
In my post on this day last year ‘Parades, Fireworks & Celebrations‘, I concluded with the following –
It is a huge effort for me to be out of my comfort zone that is my backyard, away from my home, my nice lawn and garden and my cool, refreshing pool. I am sure the home will be standing upon our return and within a day or two I will be back into my usual daily routine.
For this day July 4th with me celebrating elsewhere and not staying home in my comfort zone – there should be parades, fireworks & celebrations – for maybe I am declaring independence from my comfort zone.
In today’s post, I conclude with the following –
My last July 4th to spend in my comfort zone is here, and I celebrate. I celebrate the house that was a home to me for almost 14 years. I celebrate this home that has provided me warmth in the cold winter and a refreshing pool to jump into in the hot summer. I celebrate this home that has given me shelter during stormy weather. I celebrate this home that gave me a place to explore my imagination and create an awesome Christmas display for many to enjoy. I celebrate this home that gave me feelings of safety and security during times of trouble, times of sorrow and times of grief.
And I also celebrate the leaving soon of my comfort zone to a new temporary location for the next several months. I do not know where I will be next year spending my July 4th, but this year it is here one last time.
Happy Birthday America