Traditionally, the 4th of July has been a time to celebrate and announce that one is proud to be an American. Celebrations usually include picnics, parades, sparklers, fireworks and the display of our American flag. This summertime holiday frequently includes friends getting together in a back yard, or often times family reunions spent at the beach or gatherings at the family lakeside cabin.
Sad to say, I've found in recent years I haven't been enthused about celebrating this holiday; I'm not proud of the way other countries view America or how they view us as members of our American society. They most certainly cannot hold much respect for many of our politicians or policies.
Truth to tell, this feeling has put a bit of a damper on the 4th of July for me.
But this year I've been doing some thinking.
I'm so grateful I spent my childhood and young adult years during a time of (relative) political and financial stability in our country, certainly so compared to these present days. I remember it as a time of strong family values, the nuclear family predominated and the assurance that if a person was kind, honest, self-responsible and had a strong work ethic, life would be good all the way through retirement or the golden years of one's life.
So it is those values and proud emotional feelings of loyalty to our country that I'm going to celebrate this year. I haven't put up any patriotic decorations for a couple of years now, but I will this year.
If you plan to decorate your home or vacation cabin for the 4th of July, you have a chance to have your name drawn for this patriotic themed candle mat or place mat or plant mat or however you might want to use it.
It's almost identical to one I made for myself and is approximately 10-1/2" square.
Follow the usual procedure and leave a comment at the end of this post. If you feel like it, it would be fun to hear how your family spent the 4th of July each year when you were growing up. We usually had a family picnic (big extended family, big picnic) in our city park, then trekked across the road from the picnic grounds and spread blankets on the outfield of the baseball stadium where we laid on our backs and oohed and ahhed watching the fireworks bursting in the sky over our heads.
I'll keep comments open for this giveaway until Saturday night, June 15th, along about 9 p.m., then draw a name Sunday morning to announce the winner of this small quilted piece.
How about it? Anyone want a little red, white and blue decoration for the 4th of July?