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7.05.2011

An American Girl


Some people love Christmas. Some people love New Year's. And I enjoy those holidays, but I have to say, my favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. It is also my Mom's birthday, and I still remember the sudden, childhood realization that all of those nationwide fireworks were not, in fact, for my mother, but for the country. 


The Fourth was always a big event for my family. We'd go to a state park and stay in a (air conditioned, equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen) cabin. My cousin, sister and I would swim, ride horses, play games, hike and generally cause (harmless) trouble, while my parents were able to relax. As we got older, there were cute lifeguards with which to flirt, and we didn't fall asleep by the time the fireworks actually started. I looked forward to the Fourth all summer, and frankly, all year long.


This year, my folks were on vacation for the holiday, and I know my amazing Mom had a wonderful birthday (I love you, Mom)! Mr. BF and I had a great holiday as well, making a veritable feast of arugula salad, grilled corn, shrimps and steaks, strawberry rhubarb pie and fresh picked blackberries from behind my building. We can see the fireworks from our fire escape, so we watched the display with mojitos in hand. Watching the show, the thought hit me:  You know at Thanksgiving, when the whole family gets together, and they may disagree and they may not always understand each other, but they celebrate together and get along, if just for that day? The Fourth of July is like that for the whole country. And while I wish I could be with the rest of my family on this holiday, I am thankful for my fellow countrymen, who are my extended family, and happy that we can all come together for a day and celebrate.


Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Moccasins: Minnetonka
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Gianfranco Ferre
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: Shop Calico

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