Originally Published: July 15, 2002 6:15 p.m.
The Fourth of July.
Patriotism, independence, fireworks, light shows, work, barbecues, camping, fishing, golf, and family fun.
The holiday we celebrated this past week means something different to each of us. And, we all observed it in a variety of ways.
As for me and my family, we volunteered at the "World's Oldest Rodeo," and then spent the evening with my in-laws, eating barbecued ribs and chicken at their cabin in Groom Creek.
My relatives in Colorado went to my sister's house. They shared a big meal and watched my nephews play in the yard.
Friends of ours went to the rodeo dances, others played golf. A few people I know had to work, some went out to dinner. Others took in a movie, or went to the concert at the rodeo grounds.
There were no fireworks in the sky for most of us, because of the fire danger. I heard that the "rocket's red glare" in Chino Valley was great, while the light show in Prescott was OK.
If you missed those, perhaps you encountered fireworks of a different nature.
Some people I know went for a drive, and were subjected to insults and four-letter tirades by impatient drivers.
The point is, we all did what we wanted to do. That is one of the freedoms we enjoy in this country.
Some enjoyed it with "unity" as the theme, others took their freedom for granted – or chose to exercise a different sort of freedom (speech).
The bottom line is that we are able to enjoy such freedoms because we live in the United States of America. But, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, that is a little scary.
It's scary because we can so easily lose all that we enjoy and hold so dear.
PARTING SHOT – "In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free, honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve." – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)