It’s the Fourth of July – a very muggy, damp Fourth here in Boston. I was hoping for some epic celebration as this will be my last fourth on the East Coast for awhile, but alas it is overcast and scheduled to rain all day. Boo! I did manage to paint my nails in fun red, white and blue shades to celebrate! (White OPI from Sephora as the base coat, Blue crackle OPI from Sephora as the middle, and Red sparkle OPI from Sephora as the top coat.) I know they are super cheesy. I’ve already gotten funny comments, but hey YOLO, baby!
This is a day to celebrate Freedom and Liberty. It is a day to remember that, as the phrase goes, Freedom isn’t Free, and there are many men and women who have fought/worked/striven to give us this gift. I’m so grateful to my cousin Stephen and my brother Peter who both serve in the United States Marine Corp. I’m grateful for all our servicemen and women.
Lately, I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about freedom. This is powerful stuff and something we often take for granted. But it’s not a given and it’s something we still need to strive for and work towards. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech. We need all of those freedoms, we deserve them. I came across this quote from JFK and for some reason it struck a cord with me: “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.” As did this one from Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
So, I suppose this is all to say Happy Fourth of July and may we and our future generations always have the freedom to live as, “One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”