Monday, July 10, 2017

4th of July

"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more."
-Mother Theresa

The 4th of July has always been one of those carefree, feel good holidays to me, where we come together with family and just be. There isn't the insane pressure of Christmas or the organized egg hunts of Easter or the big feast of Thanksgiving. We simply exist in the moment.

This year we started our day on a pontoon with family, spending the better part of the day swimming and splashing and eating. Then we ended it with a BBQ, sparklers and lots of laughter.

When I think back to how I spent this holiday as a kid, I smile. I have fond memories of my parents taking us to the beach, where we swam the day away, and then walked to a nearby ice cream shoppe for dessert--sand crunching between our toes, sandwiched in every crevice; hair drying on the breeze; teeth chattering; ice cream dripping down our chins and wrists; our bodies bone tired from a day of just being happy in the moment. I hope my children carry these same types of memories with them into adulthood, too.

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