Jun 22, 2017

The Fourth of July

I love the Fourth Of July. It has easily become one of my favorite holidays.  I love it because there are no gifts involved. It's just about celebrating this great country, and the freedoms we get to enjoy because of the heroic men and women who serve it.

I love the food, the smell of the grill, the fresh fruit, the red, white, and blue deserts. It is all prepared and cooked in the spirit of celebrating with those we love, and feeling thankful. It's almost like Thanksgiving, I guess, except the weather is warmer, the horseshoe toss is out, and the tans are on point.

Is it weird that I am thinking about doing a Cajun broil for our Fourth of July party this year? We kept it classic and simple last year, with the usual burgers, hot dogs, salad, but this year I am feeling a little bit spicy. Pun intended y'all.

I went to get my eyebrows done, as one would do when her brows are trying to hold hands, and the lady threading them for me was from Iraq. We got to talking, and she told me that she has been in the US for 10 years. She said I might have been born and raised in Iraq, but this is my country (talking about America). She was mid to late 30's when she moved to the States, and went on to say, "I love it here because the people are so accepting." It hit me hard. This is my country. I am so lucky to be here. Cheers

*in partnership with madewell.
photos by- breanne rochelle photography

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