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Friday, July 3, 2020

Red, White, and Blue


I have given some thought to how I feel about celebrating Independence Day this year. The 4th of July is tomorrow. We are warned not to celebrate with abandon. Fireworks shows, parades, and picnics are cancelled. Somehow, in light of the state of our nation right now, that feels right.

I have always felt blessed, perhaps privileged is a better word, to be an American. I don't say I am proud to be an American, because I didn't really do much to earn that pride or privilege. And right now I do not feel proud of the place our nation is holding in the world or in the way it is treating many of its own people. 

I can celebrate our nation's birthday. I will wear red, white and blue on the Fourth. Our state is still in a limited phase of opening due to COVID and the limit for gathering is five people not in your household, with masks, or outside, with distancing. That's what we'll do.

Tomorrow we will be at Jan's house, our usual gathering place for the Fourth and we will eat and play and watch Jill's fireworks show. I imagine there will be lots of home grown shows going off around Henderson Bay. The grands, Isaac and Irene, will be there along with their cousin Allie, our summer grand from Nebraska. They have been out and about, carefully, so I will cautiously keep my distance. 

In honor of America's birthday, I present the Red, White, and Blue of my flower garden.














I hope you all stay safe, have some fun, and make the Fourth of July special in some way. We need a little celebrating. 

13 comments:

  1. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your day with the family.

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  2. I'll mostly be home, go for a walk and not visit with anybody but my guy. It's a holiday, but I don't have any need to celebrate with others during a pandemic. I love your pretty pictures and am so glad you will be with your family. If I had family nearby, I'd be with them. Stay safe, dear friend.

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  3. Lovely flowers!
    Happy 4th of July to you and your family.

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  4. Oh what a perfect post for today! I do love your red, white and blue garden. You know I feel EXACTLY as you do. I'm proud to be an American, but NOT proud of what this administration has done. In fact, I'm ashamed.

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  5. Happy 4th of July to you, Linda! I came over from Kay-Musings' blog to wish you well. I love, love, love this blog. Your photos are absolutely amazing!

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  6. Enjoy your Fourth of July.

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  7. Enjoy your time with family!

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  8. There have been presidents that were not my choice but I still respected the office and their intentions to uphold the best interests of the country. That is not the case these days.
    I plan to take a hike with my son, climb a local mountain and take in views of the lake. Then I will have a visit/outside picnic with daughter and grandkids.
    Enjoy your family time.

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  9. Happy Fourth of July. So glad you will get to enjoy some family with out fear. You also described my state of pride quite well.

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  10. You have so much blooming now Linda, it looks grand. I understand your feelings about how the government isn't being run now. A sad situation that I certainly hope that is not repeated. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  11. Beautiful flowers and plants. I do like Campanul--I have several different varieties.
    Have a fun time at Jill's
    MB
    PS: I do love seeing the Evening grosbeak and we have flocks of the blackheaded grosbeak---love 'em
    MB

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  12. Happy 4th! Your red white and blue are all lovely!

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  13. red white and purple...lol! Aren't many blue flowers...how about Texas bluebonnets? We had a quiet fourth at home, watched fireworks on CNN then to bed to listen to hours of exploding shells in our community fireworks. Hope the fires were few...

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