Happy July, my friends! And Happy Fourth of July! I love this holiday. And this year, celebrating seems even more significant. I always get choked up watching the fireworks and listening to John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever. I know you have heard it, but if you want to hear it again, there is an amazing rendition right HERE. I hope and pray this Fourth of July will somehow serve as more than a few extra days off of work or as a chance to have a cookout with family and friends. I hope that it will be a reminder of what this country stands for, what those who came before sacrificed, that the past is important and cannot nor should not be erased, but rather studied and learned from, that those of us who are proud of our country, our flag, and our history have a voice and are not intimidated by fear of being canceled or mocked.
This holiday is bigger than the hatred that pervades our government today. Through years and years of history, of good times and bad, our country and our flag remain tributes to freedom, courage, struggle, and pride. Those who disagree have that right. But those who love our flag and all it represents have a right to be heard and be proud as well. I rarely write about my thoughts on current topics like this, but I cannot apologize for loving my country and acknowledging that I am blessed to be an American. And I cannot be afraid to stand for what I believe in while accepting others may feel differently.
On a lighter note, here is one of my favorite simple meals we enjoyed this week. I actually purchased some chicken kabobs at the grocery store and brushed them with a simple marinade I made of avocado oil, fresh garlic that I minced, fresh basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Steve grilled them while I boiled some egg noodles and made a delicious salad of baby romaine, cherry tomatoes, and fetta cheese. I drizzled some balsamic vinegar over it, and dinner was served!
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Thank you for all the anniversary wishes.
Enjoy all the red, white, and blue!