Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

This is my favorite holiday.

Along with Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the significance of this day is beyond compare. I think one of the reasons that I like the 4th of July so much is because my dad was an Army chaplain for many years. I'm glad I have had the privilege of attending funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, seeing a bit through his eyes, and getting a behind-the-scenes understanding of some of the traditions there. Thinking of the
Arlington Ladies still chokes me up. We do live in the greatest country in the world, a country that cares about the freedom of the rest of the world, too, and is willing to do something about it.

Zoom recently checked out a video from the library, (exercising his independence and his very own library card). His favorite movie is National Treasure so when he spied an autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, he wanted to borrow it. I had seen ads about the museum's Ben Franklin exhibit implying that he was a nudist, so I felt obligated to monitor this documentary while Zoom watched it. Boy, did I learn a lot about the history of our country, as well as Ben. Another video series we've enjoyed is This is America, Charlie Brown.

Besides all the serious stuff, I love the barbecue, the friends, the baseball games, the water balloons, and all the flags. I love the fireworks! And I LOVE red white and blue quilts.

I hope you have a fun and significant 4th of July.


*karendianne. said...

Well gosh what a great post. And Karen, I really love this quilt. Stopped me right in my tracks. That'll inspire a girl.

Back to the great post. Also stopped in my tracks to read about your father, his work and felt how that shines through in you. It made me light up.

Happy 4th

Stephanie D. said...

Wonderful post, Karen. I didn't know about the Arlington Ladies and I have to admit to a lump in my throat while reading about them.

Thanks for the information, and i hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, look at that great quilt top! I LOVE it! I need to make a red white and blue quilt - I love them too. GREAT flag picture!

Candace said...

Lovely post, Karen! Your quilt is really beautiful - you've made great progress!