Happy Independence Day!
I did not know this until I asked her once what she was doing for the 4th of July.
“I do not celebrate”, was her response…and she didn’t celebrate any holiday or even birthdays.
I heard that response hundreds of times over the years as it was a quick and polite way to dismiss such inquiries from customers and others.
“I do not celebrate”…
This morning there will be parades in little towns to the north and south of me.
The parade to the north of me will be traditional and patriotic, the event to the south will be anything but either.
I am geographically and intellectually stuck right in between both.
I’m staying home.
I do not celebrate…but I want to.
Perhaps someday my town will celebrate the best of what was, what still is, and what could be, if the extremes didn’t rule the times.
Until then, I’ll stay home with the cats and pray for reconciliation between the north and south…