****** What’s on me ******
7 Deadly s[K]ins – DREAMS // Butter (Free ONLY on July 4th!!)
TRUTH / Gwen (Group gift for July)
REIGN.- FREEDOM WEDGES- SPANGLED (Group gift for the 4th)
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Some people see July 4th in very different ways, even just in this country. Some of those ways probably aren’t so positive because a lot of people in this country don’t seem to like this country very much. My daughter sent me a text one day, very upset because a few students in her class refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. She said, “If people really thought about all the people that have died for this country, they wouldn’t just sit there.” Whatever you believe about the reasons behind the pledge or whatever you think it means, I have to say that it was a moment that I was pretty proud of my kid. The fact that she does think about those things makes me a very happy momma. No one is always going to like politicians and politics, but in my opinion being patriotic and loving your country has nothing to do with the political scene.
It has to do with the people that loved their families and their country so much that they were willing to give everything they can for it. We may not always agree with the reasons for wars, but the people that put their lives on the line to try to keep us all safe… those are reasons to feel pride in your country.
However, to me at least, it doesn’t just stop with the soldiers.
Its the nurse who takes care of the little old man in the nursing home that everyone else has forgotten. Who goes on her off days to sing to him and read to him, because no one else will. Its the doctor who works long hours day in and day out because he knows that he has the ability to change peoples lives for the better. Its the fire fighter who runs into a building engulfed in flames because a child is missing. Its the guy who stops on the side of the road because he sees an older couple has run out of gas and its to far to walk. Its the teenager that volunteers at the local animal shelter caring for the dog that was thrown out on the street. Its the teacher that puts herself between her students and an armed gunman. Its the old WW2 veteran, who tells his granddaughter about the night he was shot and nearly killed saving his best friend.
I could go on and on.
You don’t have to love the people in the government to have pride in your country.
No country is perfect, no government is perfect, but its because people aren’t perfect.
There is bad everywhere to some degree or another. It’s time to quit whining about the bad and give all you can to make it better.