Best wishes for a safe and fun 4th of July, the day all patriotic Americans celebrate the birth of our beloved country. Heat, fireworks, barbeque and family are all traditional element of our annual holiday.
The image above is simply perfect as a 4th remembrance: the flowing fruits of strawberries and blueberries with their red and blue colors; the white of the ice cream; the patriotic red and blue dishes; the blue mugs with stars. It’s important to keep cool and ice cream certainly helps.
But the 4th has a deeper meaning, of course. I recently re-watched Turn: Washington’s Spies about the American revolution. The cast was superb, the scenery and costumes were enthralling and the plot never bored. But the main takeaway for me was how much the colonists suffered and sacrificed to bring about our independence. They were amazing and have my profound gratitude and respect. That’s why this quote is especially meaningful:
“Today we admire the Declaration as historic literature. But at the time it was a profoundly revolutionary document. The 56 men who affixed their signatures were committing an act of treason. If their campaign failed, they could, and likely would, be hung. After all they were instigating rebellion in all 13 colonies. When John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, affixed his super-size signature, he supposedly declared: “I guess King George will be able to read that.” (quote from columnist Ken Blackwell)
If you love history as much as I do – especially the history of our America – you might want to watch Turn. It’s one of my all-time fav TV shows.