Zap! Pop! Bang!
I also read an amazing (and appropriately patriotic) book this weekend: Freshman for President by Ally Condie. I met Ally last month at the writing conference, and I remembered that I got a copy of this book in one of my undergrad classes at BYU. It's about a boy in high school named Milo who decides to run for President of the United States, knowing full well that he cannot win much less take office (one has to be 35 to assume the presidency). He wants to take a journey, to do something, to figure out who he really is. On top of that, he is concerned about the political situation as far as teenagers are concerned. Teens don't have a voice until they are eighteen (and they often don't care by that point), but that leaves them without representation for eighteen years. So Milo aims to change that. The book was one heck of a journey, and I definitely shed a tear at the end. In a good way.
Anyhow, I'll shut up now so you can enjoy Independence Day. I hope you hum this song as you go about your day:
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our nation's battles
On the land as on the sea
We are first to fight for freedom
We will keep our honor clean
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.
It's one of my favorites. Long live America!
Update from the Search for My Muchness:
After years of being terrified of water, I suddenly want to go boating this summer. I have never been more surprised to learn something about myself!