Welcome to July. We are now officially more than half way through 2020. Most years, that statement makes me a little sad, but not this year!


July brings with it hot summer days and warm summer nights. It also brings fireworks and one of my favorite holidays of the year.


I absolutely love being an American. I really do. I know there are things about this country that we would all love to change, but I am sure that can be said of any country on the planet. I do hope that we do continue, as a whole, to strive toward the ideals set out by our founding fathers and the extension of the rights guaranteed in the constitution to every American regardless of...anything. If they are human and here, we should love them, respect them and do right by them.


America is, like most countries, a land of immigrants. True, many of us were born here, but not many, comparatively, can trace our roots all of the way back to here. Most of our families came here from some other place. How and when they got here is part of our national heritage story and, I believe, it is to be celebrated.


That is part of what we celebrate when we light those fireworks every year. We celebrate all of the hard work and determination it took those folks to get here and to make it here once they arrived. Being new to this country, history will show, has never been an easy experience regardless of from where one came.


So when we celebrate on the 4th of July, we are celebrating the idea that our founding fathers thought the principles they laid out in our constitution were so grand that they could link together, forever, all of these bands of folks from all over the world seeking a better way of life for themselves and their families.


Can you imagine anything more worthy of celebration except maybe the Lord above who surly blessed the endeavor way back then and continues to bless it today.


I have been so proud this year to see the way so many people have stepped up to say that the constitution applies to them too and to see so many others stand up and agree that it should apply to everyone equally.


I know we have a long way to go before we really truly realize the promises held in that constitution, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the fact that the promise still rings true after more than 240 some odd years.


Happy birthday America. You are not perfect, and you continue to have growing pains, but I still can’t wait to see what you grow up to be.