This has always been an especially relevant time for me. Not only do I recognize, appreciate and celebrate the joy that comes with July 4th and the freedom this special holiday represents, it’s also a reminder of my dad’s birthday which occured for 90 years on July 6th. No matter how many years since my dad’s passing, now numbering 9, there will always be part of me that fills my heart with mixed emotion as the holiday approaches!
How fortunate we all are to live and enjoy freedom. How blessed we are that others gave us the right of choice, the ability to follow our passion and to be safe. My dad loved this holiday. He was a veteran, cherished this country and always celebrated July 4th and his birthday as if they were one in the same. So, I, too raise the flag with abundant gratitude and smile knowing that my dad did the same. How ever you celebrate, I hope you will find time to acknowledge the true meaning of July 4th and if inclined, whisper Happy Birthday, Bob! He was a great man, a gentle man and those who knew him loved him very much.