Happy Independence Day!
Flying from California to Texas is a great way to spend July Fourth. I get to look out the airplane window and see America from above….in all her majesty.
I’ve been gone/busy so much for the past month that I haven’t gotten to do my usual teaching the kids of the meaning behind the day. Maybe when I get home I’ll sing them a loud, happy rendition of “God Bless America.” That should cover it. Or at least entertain me, which is just as important.
I was looking at the news this morning, trying to find some Independence Day facts to share, when I came across the news that Andy Griffith passed away yesterday morning. Oh dear, now I am sad. “The Andy Griffith Show” is our family’s very favorite thing to watch together. I have all of his CDs (did you know he made some classic gospel albums?) and “Matlock” is also a favorite of mine. Surely he will be sorely missed.
It will cheer me up to see my family later on today. I have missed them something fierce. I plan to lock myself up in the house with them and spend the next week hugging and kissing them until they beg me to stop. It can’t be helped. I’ve missed them too much to control myself.
Those patriotic songs I plan to blast them with will help also. There’s not much I enjoy more than annoying my kids by singing at the top of my lungs. James loves to do it even more than I do, so we will have a grand party later. James on one side of the living room, me on the other….the two of us belting out music like a wonderful Dad/Mom stereo holiday gift. I should start making a list of songs. After “God Bless America” we can sing “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful” then end with, of course, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Nothing tops off an evening like that high note…..”and the la-and of the FREEEEEEEEE!”
Happy July Fourth to you all. I hope you get to spend the day with your loved ones. And sing a song for me….sing it really LOUD and FREE!