It's been a quiet 4th of July - one daughter working and the other celebrating her birthday with her husband. So I've gotten a lot done - yard work, laundry, sitting with my sick kitty, and crafting. I even managed to slip in a bit of a nap. All in all, a good day.
As I went about the day, I thought about the courage of our forefathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence. Did they write, "I cannot stand this king" or "This is the lousiest king ever" or "Death to the infidels"? No, they eloquently listed their grievances against the king and declared that the colonies would no longer be politically connected to England, finishing with, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Wow. I want to write like that.
I thought of the courage of the women as they waved goodbye to their husbands and sons, not knowing if they would return but absolutely knowing that their own lives would not be the same again.
I wonder if my ancestors whose courage gave me my freedom would be proud of me today. I hope so - I'm sure proud of them.
I hope you've had a terrific Independence Day!