I tried again with different flowers. These will have to do. Nothing can be perfect.
I will quote the great Dan Rather this morning from his Twitter feed:
"This is a July 4 of pain, uncertainty, and reckoning. I pause with open eyes, and an open heart. I am listening. I am moved. I am angry. I am determined."
I'm also confused, and a bit frightened, because I feel like we are about to be hit by a tidal wave, and I don't know where the high ground is.
In our United States, it is our Independence Day, though, and we haven't had one like this one in a long time. What I did decide to do was to read our Declaration of Independence. We, of course, read it through 21st century eyes, but it is well that we go through the document, written in another turbulent time, when we just started to strive towards equality for all. We started, after all, with a country that allowed the enslavement of people, and did not allow women the right to vote. We were far from perfect.
Our task, now, is, once again, to move towards that perfection.
Once again, we live in great, dangerous times. Every day, as we act, we are writing history.
I believe we can live up to the modern meaning of our Declaration of Independence.
But first, we have to unite, and stay the course. I hope that tomorrow, I can feel a bit more optimistic that we can do that.
If you are in the United States, have a good and meaningful Independence Day.