Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and I can’t wait to celebrate this beautiful country’s birthday. No matter how different all of our views might be or how different our stories are, I hope we can stand together in saying we love this country, are thankful for the men and women who sacrifice for it, and that we are still the land of the free because of them.
I really am so proud to be an American.
It is, after all, being part of this country that has presented me with the opportunity to work hard and create a job I have always wanted, buy a home, freely worship God, marry who I want and when I want, have a husband who is a pastor, make decisions for myself, go to the doctor when I want and to whom I want…
the list can go on and on. Please, don’t take the things that are “normal” to us for granted.
Despite what we can be afraid of or angry about, sure that list could get long and hefty, there is still so much to be thankful for. I am choosing to celebrate that this 4th of July.
When I think about the 4th of July, I immediately go to a day at Canyon Lake with my family and friends (who are basically family), eating burgers by the grill, and ending the night with red cheeks and sleepy eyes sitting on the upper deck of the lake house with all of them listening to “Proud to be an American” while fireworks went off and we all passed around the yucca jar. Those memories are engrained in me forever, and I am so thankful for such a fun childhood spent care-free and in a swimsuit almost all summer long. I am thankful I was raised to love this country, this flag, and all the different kinds of people that make it up.
Happy (almost) birthday, USA. I am forever thankful to be part of you.
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