July 2, 2014

Reflecting on what July Fourth means

When I was young I couldn't wait for July to come so I could lay in the sun and get burned to a crisp. I knew it would turn into a golden tan.

Now that I’m a grandmother and a great-grandmother, I am more aware of what too much sun can do to my skin and especially to babies and little children who are in the sun without a hat or sunscreen.

Please, moms and dads, put hats and a high-number sunscreen on those little ones and remember to give them lots of water.

July also means fireworks on the Fourth. When attending with children, please be aware they aren’t always as excited about them as adults. The pops and bangs may bring beautiful splashes of color, but they also can scare little ones.

If they are old enough, tell them there’s going to be a big bang, and if they are too young, hold them close to you and cover their ears. You know what’s going on, but they don’t.

I must be in my “grandmother mode” today with all this wisdom. I just hate to see the innocent babes suffer.

Speaking of fireworks, I am encouraged there will be so many celebrations in the North Country. We should celebrate this deeply patriotic day. This freedom we have was purchased with many lives.

A few years ago I purchased “The American Patriot’s Bible” that connects the Judeo-Christian teachings and morals that our country was founded on with scripture. One of its features is subsections telling the story of outstanding patriots and how their faith influenced the important decisions and documents that framed our country.

One such patriot is John Adams, who would eventually be the second president of the United States. He wrote to his wife, Abigail, reflecting on the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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