We lost my dad nearly ten years ago now, and I miss him.
|Arkansas sharecropper family---dad the oldest boy on right|
My dad was the most patriotic man that I know. He was a veteran who served in the Korean affair, and in WW II. He worked in the oils fields of other countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia from time to time. After working there, he spoke of his appreciation of the liberties that we have in this country.
I miss him. Especially on the Independence Day holiday. He traditionally had the entire family over to his house for BBQ, home made ice cream, good family fun and fireworks! Dad would never let us eat until he gathered everyone around the prepared table in the backyard. He would wait till everyone was gathered, even the little ones, then he would give his annual "speech" (encouragement) to appreciate our country and our freedoms! He would get a little choked up, (but don't you mention it!) and maybe a little teary eyed--we all knew it was heart-felt. He would admonish us to know that we lived in the greatest nation in the world and then he would pray over the food, our country and all of us. Then we would all "dig in."
Appreciating our country and our freedoms has been instilled in me as a value that I will always hold dear. I pray that you will celebrate today, and take time to think about what we have that needs to be preserved!
Note: The family is meeting today at my daughter's house. Six of my ten children and their families! And lots of friends! BBQ, swimming, yard games, homemade ice cream and fireworks!And there will be chaos, but the most fun chaos you every had!
Happy Independence Day Everyone!