Friday, July 02, 2004
( 8:40 AM ) teahouse
Happy Birthday, USA!!
Every July 4, I like to pause and think about the significance of the day.
I really love this country. I was born in a foreign land and brought here by my parents as a baby. As such, I am an immigrant and a zealously patriotic naturalized American citizen.
We Americans should never take for granted the fact that our country HAS an Independence Day to celebrate with barbecues, fireworks, and parades.
The country I came from has no Independence Day. It is still not truly independent. And I believe it never will be.
I have an embarrassing confession to make. Every single time I hear the U.S. National Anthem, I tear up. It's most embarassing during baseball games. I have to hide my face.
Because July 4 is a Sunday this year, for some inexplicable reason my slave-driving law firm is actually giving us Monday off as an official holiday. Yayy!
I'm really looking forward to the long weekend. As a lawyer and defender of the Constitution, and during this time of war and uncertainty (and threats to our freedom from outside and inside our government), I never want to forget what our Founding Fathers did for us that July in 1776. #