Project 40 & Figuring it Out - Day 36 - Trying to Find Our Own July 4 Tradition

Day 36: trying to find our own July 4 tradition

Mike played in a golf tournament yesterday and mama's Day Center was closed so Marie & I decided to come up with a new 4th of July tradition.

We read the Declaration of Independence together in the rose garden and talked about what we are thankful for here at home.

The Osher "Underground Railroad in Douglas County" class has sparked my interest in Kansas history. We are reading stories of abolitionists who hid strangers in their homes. This is the America I hold dear.

There have been so many atrocities endured by Natives, slaves, immigrants, women...but contemplation of this statement (below) that unites us felt good:

"...that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

photos: mulching of the "Italian-style terraced garden" might be another yearly tradition and then Marie, Mr. Sam and I sat (in the shade) in the rose garden for a good deal of the morning contemplating all that we are thankful for