Monday, July 4, 2011
As I sit here waiting for the dark and the celebrations to officially take hold, I see a silk line capturing the sunlight...looking up the branch, I realize it's a Spider trying to make the connection to the next limb. I wait and watch, and see her waiting, hoping the wind will let her connect the thread, but I don't see her; I just see the thread moving with the wind, nothing at the end to tether it. Then I catch a glimpse of a 2nd thread capturing the sunlight..the blues and reds of the white thread; a Spider's rainbow. And then I see her...dangling at the end. Will the wind carry her to her destination? Not right now, as I see her pull back up...waiting...waiting... Tonight, I am rooting for the optimistic Spider... Pax Friends!
Today is our Nation's 235th birthday. Today we celebrate our independence and I reflect on the many sacrifices of my relatives and ancestors, to whom I share appreciation for their sacrifices so I can sit here today and express myself, so I can vote, so I can work in a safe environment for a fair wage...
I also reflect on many happy memories shared with my family celebrating this day. Family BBQ's with roast beast and strawberry shortcake and ice cream; skin warm and red from a day on the river in the sun as watermelon juice drips down my chin...then waiting for the dark to watch the sky light up with a cacophony of colors and the ground shake with the power of the celebratory explosions... We are truly blessed to live in this Great Country of ours.
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July, Friends!