Independence Day for most means family and friends gathering for a cookout, the town parade, fireworks and sparklers, the start of a long-awaited summer vacation and time off from work.
This Fourth of July holiday was a day of reflection for me.
The morning began with the checking of social media feeds. What seemed to be popping up were posts of dissatisfaction with the state of our country.
I generally try to stay out of that political playing field, but the morning of the Fourth of July brought me to reflect on how fortunate we Americans are; how privileged we are to be able to choose our own profession, choose where we work, shop, choose who we love, choose who we marry and voice our likes and dislikes in a society of opinions.
We as Americans can choose where we want to vacation, a freedom to come and go as we please.
Many Americans choose to vacation in their homeland, the ome of the brave, land of the free. I have traveled many years out of the country as most other Americans have and will continue to do so, but there's no place like home to celebrate the Fourth of July.
This year we chose to take a staycation. Enjoy what we have worked for right here at home in the United States of America. Taking time for family fun, cooking, boating, golfing and to reflect and honor the brave who have given us this gift of freedom and independence.
As much as I tried to stay away from the world of interior design, I just couldn't.
Flipping through Instagram, so many of my colleagues posted great pictures of the American flag on porches, in rooms they designed on roof tops and on vintage vehicles.
Our day was spent with family boating and enjoying the hot weather on the Piscataqua River on the border of New Hampshire and Maine.
Swimming, cooking and watching fireworks from the deck of our front yard were just a few of activities we were fortunate to enjoy and not have to leave the yard.
Next week will bring us to packing up the boat and cruising coastal Maine to visit islands we have yet to discover as well as spend time with family in Camden, Maine.
Thank you to the brave men and women who have fought for the independence of the people of the United States of America, who have given us the freedom to choose our own destiny as Americans, free to live our lives as we wish to lead them.
This is a dedication to the red, white and blue.