Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

I don’t know about other places, but the corn is definitely knee-high today! The hot, humid weather provides a very nourishing upbringing of the corn. Still wish it wasn’t hot and humid so much.

Today, as you’re well aware is the Fourth of July - the birthday of our country as its own country. Today we celebrate our Independence from Great Britain. I cannot imagine my life if we still lived under Britain’s eye, under their power. Obviously, I have nothing against England, but I think we’d live a whole other kind of life here if we were under their control. And it’s also nice to see that they respect our holidays such as the 4th and Memorial Day, by postponing all new episodes of BBC shows until the following weekend. No matter how much I wish I got to see Dr Who last night, I shall not complain because they are showing us respect.

I imagine the time of our Founding Fathers and wonder what they would think of our present-day country. Would they be proud of our advancements? Would they frown at the issues that we face everyday? Would they be ashamed of what some of our people have become? Would they still fight in the war, even with the modern day weaponry, having no experience with it? Most of all, would they be able to end these wars, with the US being the victor?

As much as I love this country, I have to admit that we’re not perfect - far from it. But so is every other country. Sometimes I wish that we could go back and live in the times of Jane Austen or Edgar Allen Poe, it was so simple and everyone knew each other and people were so polite. But then again, I would never want to live in that era. Their medicine developments were very limited, and added to that, the fact that I’d have to ride a horse, a carriage, or walk anywhere I went. I don’t know how I’d like that. And on top of that, having to wear all of those layers of clothes everyday, even in the 90 degree heat? No, I think I’ll stick with present-day. Because in present day we as Americans come together during thick and thin, and I think holidays are a great way to really see that. Most of all, I cannot imagine being under England’s control when 9-11 happened. No, that was America’s time to prove itself, that we could, if not fully, mostly recover from such a tragedy.

So today I ask you to just remember people in your lives that have made a difference in your community and remember what our Founding Fathers fought so hard to give us - Freedom. And most of all, remember that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!

May God Bless you, and may God continue to Bless America.