Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, America!

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

We've been celebrating our nation's independence by eating hot dogs and macaroni salad, playing in the backyard, and talking to our girls about what freedom means. Kai and I made America a birthday cake (above) and I let her decorate it like a flag as we talked about why today is an important day.

She will probably only remember that she got to put strawberries and blueberries all over the cake, but hopefully someday she'll recall why freedom is so important to us and what so many men and women have sacrificed so we can have it.

How did you celebrate America's Independence Day?

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