Wednesday Gumbo: Happy Birthday!

It’s July 4th.  And, it’s time for our usual mix of gumbo.

While today is celebrated as America’s birthday, the day it proclaimed its independence from the tyranny of England, it’s also a day to celebrate another birthday…

1.     20 years ago today, my son, Griffin, was born.  For years, I would tell him that all those big fireworks shows were just for him on his birthday!  And, he believed me for a while.  Yet, we are incredibly proud of him – who he is, what he has accomplished, what he stands for, and where he’s headed.

2.     It may not be be very fun in Murfreesboro for the 4th.  It’s been hot and dry, and that may mean no fireworks!

3.     Here’s the document that declares to the world our independence.

The conclusion states:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

4.     One of the things on my bucket list is to be in Boston on the 4th of July.

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