Life as a mom is so busy and demanding. But on July 4th, life as a mom is simple. Get out the Slip 'N Slide, call a few friends for a BBQ and ahhhh .. ice cold beer.. (for the adults, of course).
Culturally, July 4th is the apple pie of American holidays (although Thanksgiving might arguably come in as a close second or vie for the title). High school girls swirling batons in formation, strong spirited veterans walking proudly down Main Street, and countless faces made up of parents, children, singles, young and old, line up for the traditional July 4th parade.
For dessert, I'm gonna make a special July 4th Fresh Strawberry and Blueberry Pie, topped with whipped cream to salute the Red, White and Blue. I made sure to hit the supermarkets a day earlier to get all the ingredients lined up. So the first thing I do, after my cup of coffee and toast, is to put on my apron and do some home lovin' baking!
I'm looking forward to introducing TJ to this wonderful slice of Americana. But most of all, I hope to truly introduce July 4th to my son as Independence Day: tell him how our country was born and why it came to be. It is a glorious story, and I am unabashedly sentimental about it.
I confess I get gushy about anything that would smack of patriotism - loving "Hollywoodized" war movies like Saving Private Ryan, life changing documentaries like The War about World War II (you've GOT to see if you haven't. Only people who experienced WWII first hand were interviewed. No analysts or historians), or intriguing history biographical documentary "The American President".
Although TJ is an American citizen by birth, my hope is that being American will mean more than just the country printed on his birth certificate. I hope he will take all that is the best of America and live in freedom of her values: her optimism, her sense of justice and integrity, and her conviction of faith.
I am not naive. I know our country has our share of troubles and imperfections. But imperfections don't mar the beauty of what our country stands for. We love, we dream and we hope. With freedom, we can express our love, our dreams and are hopes and find our way and chart our path.
Now, I'm not saying I get sentimental like this every July 4th. And I don't have own one article of clothing that has the American Flag stitched on it to wear to the parade.
But, I particularly feel appreciative this year about Independence Day. I don't want to regurgitate it all here, but you can check out my post about it on Silicon Valley Moms Blog: "A Mother's Musing on July 4th".