Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Firework by Christine DePetrillo

I'll admit to not feeling very patriotic this Fourth of July. My faith in our country, my fellow citizens, humans really, has been greatly shattered by events that don't belong in real life. I watch the news--not even certain I'm getting any truth anymore--and after about sixty seconds, I want to pack my bags and move to Canada. (My Vermont home is pretty far north. Maybe I can get someone to lower the Canadian border, eh?)

I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

On this Fourth of July then, I encourage everyone to remember what ideals this country was built upon. Remember the outstanding men AND WOMEN who worked so tirelessly to make a place where opportunity and freedom are the cornerstones for a better life. Remember that our future depends on the decisions made today.

And don't forget to be a nice human to your fellow humans. Hate is infesting the land currently. We need more smilepower. Urgently. Be the reason someone else feels good.

Be like fireworks. Burst with light and color. Rumble with power. Spray fun in all directions. Collect oohs and ahhs.

Sparkle in the darkness.

Red fireworks exploding in the night sky



Jannine Gallant said...

I feel you, Chris. Happy Independence Day.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Well said. Always remember and never forget.

Leah St. James said...

Ditto and ditto. Happy 4th of July to all!

Rolynn Anderson said...

I could have written these words...I'm glad you did, Chris. Since it's excruciating to watch America dismantled, setting off fireworks and celebrating the resilience of our country, is a welcome diversion. (After the bang, check out the latest season of The Good Fight. Oh, my!)

Alison Henderson said...

I agree with every word. Celebration has been the last thing on my mind, but I love Rolynn's idea of celebrating our resilience. We may not get through this unscathed, but we WILL get through it!

Christine DePetrillo said...

We need a hero.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hang in there. This too shall pass, and we'll all be better people.

Diane Burton said...

Wow! Totally agree, Chris. I like Barb's comment. I hope it does pass and soon.