I can’t help but think of Jon coming home after Open Heart Surgery on July 4th two years ago. His own personal Independence Day. It’s made the 4th of July a special day for me in a way it never was before.
I don’t think of myself as patriotic. And I’m not into traditional celebrations that take place today, including fireworks and the sounds of bombs they replicate. But I am touched by the idea of Independence in most forms it takes.
I know how hard I’ve fought for my own personal independence, and I sometimes wonder if I would have had the courage to be a part of the American Revolution if I were alive then.
Or where the line is in today’s politics between acceptance and action. But I think that constant questioning is a part of keeping an open mind and not becoming dogmatic. And still being able to make decisions and take action when necessary.