Friday, July 04, 2008
Fourth of July Funk
Maybe it's because I'm burning up with a fever and my whole body aches. Or maybe it's because my husband is not from this country. Or maybe it's a Black thing, but for whatever the reason, I can't get excited about the Fourth of July. My poor kids have no idea that today is even a holiday!
When I was little I loved decorating my bike for the neighborhood Fourth of July parade and going to the park for games and of course fireworks at night. But now that I'm a grown up, all I can think about is the fact that My People didn't go free on Independence Day. In fact, many of them fought the British with the idea that they would be free, only to have to wait almost 100 more years for their own independence.
Maybe this is the fever making me surly. But I'm wondering, how do other people of ethnic backgrounds in this country celebrate the Fourth of July?