Happy July! Here in the States, we’re celebrating the long Independence Day weekend. It’s the ultimate summer holiday, with cookouts, picnics, trips to the beach, and fireworks.
There’s a lot that divides us Americans these days–politics, ideologies, and hateful, vile rhetoric, to name just a smattering.
But I’d rather focus on what unites us–good food, fun, pride as a nation, and good old rock ‘n roll.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous this weekend, rather than getting baited into some pointless social media debate, we put down our electronics, went outside, shared a hot dog and a cold beer with a neighbor, and enjoyed fireworks set to a soundtrack of great music?
Mr. R and I will be in lawn chairs on the driveway, watching all the neighborhood fireworks. I hit the bargain bins, so we’ll be the dorks wearing the blinky jewelry. Actually, I’ll be the dork wearing the blinky jewelry. He’ll be sitting next to me, rolling his eyes.
But maybe that’s what it’s about. Agreeing to disagree, embracing our differences, and appreciating that variety is, in fact, the spice of life.
I’m bringing you a two-fer for week #4 of Summer Songs. I couldn’t pass up John (he’ll always be Cougar to me) Mellencamp, despite the fact that they’ve commercialized the crap out of this song lately. And Phil Vassar’s American Child is a sentimental favorite.
Be careful out there. No drinking and driving. No holding a firework and blowing off your hand. Haven’t you seen them do that on all the morning talk shows?
Enjoy your holiday, and hug those you love. Happy Saturday night!