Since I had so much fun this past weekend (and last night for that matter … photo evidence above), I’m laying low today until our Lake Eola fireworks tonight. I love fireworks, mainly because they never fail to instantly bring me back to my childhood. I love to embrace these feelings of nostalgia.
Speaking of nostalgia, a friend posted this quote from Former President Ronald Reagan today:
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Sitting on the porch and recalling memories of our childhood is a family tradition that is usually accompanied with unrestrained laughter. But the thought that our freedom could become one of those memories is frightening.
While we do have to fight for our freedom, I urge us to remember that we do not only fight with weapons in war. We must shed light to those still not receiving freedom in our great nation. We must fight evil daily with integrity, honor and kindness. We must set examples for our youth. We must love one another. And hopefully, our freedom will never, ever be a memory of the past, but always an ever present reminder of our gratitude for those who lost their lives ahead of us.
Happy Fourth of July!