We heart patriotic holidays! The somewhat brief but solid unity that surrounds our nation on these days is becoming more and more rare and something to be cherished. The flags that line our neighbors yards, the gathering of masses for parades and salutes and celebrations. If nothing else, we are all grateful as a nation for the sacrifices of those who made it possible. Also there are so many adorable patriotic outfits for the littles.
We celebrated the 4th in our usual low-key ways. In the morning we hung out at our favorite park with Pawpaw before he headed back to Louisiana.
In the afternoon we swam at a friend’s pool and enjoyed watermelon and barbeque and visiting with all the littles.
We skipped the fireworks and will likely continue to skip them for the foreseeable future.
I have some personal qualms with fireworks and will likely continue to avoid them whenever possible. Ike is more or less in agreement with me, being that he has always been rather sensitive to loud noises.
Fireworks are beautiful displays and a wonder to watch. The problem is the audible similarity that they bear to a battlefield. Holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day are meant to honor serve men and women and thank them for their sacrifice to ensure our freedom and pride in this nation. However, service men and women who have given the ultimate gift in serving in the line of fire often return home with severe PTSD as a result of their experience. The sounds of fireworks akin to bombs and gunfire can often set off episodes of traumatic fear and anxiety in our veterans. These brave countrymen (and women!) have given so much so that we can have and celebrate these patriotic holidays, far be it for us to create any more suffering to them by the way in which we choose to celebrate.
This is my soapbox PSA and only my opinions and views.