Having just read the book Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis this summer, I'm starting the day today, Independence Day, mindful of the significance of that day in history. I imagine the anxiety and commitment by those who signed the Declaration of Independence, anticipating the difficulties that lay before them. They were visionary men.
But the day is also one filled with my own memories of celebrations and events, from throwing firecrackers as a kid to being an adult who watches others take the risks of explosives. It's also about the time of the beginning and end of my military commitment, going into and coming out of the Army.
In any case, I mark the day as one filled with memories of celebrations good and . . . interesting.