Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gunpowder and Books

Zap! Pop! Bang!
You knew that was coming.

Ah, the sweet sound of independence. I love celebrating freedom with gunpowder! I also love that the freedom of religion allows all us out here in Utah to celebrate the Fourth on Saturday night so we can spend our Sabbath thinking thoughts that ascend much higher than any firework ever could. P.S. Have you read the Constitution lately? I carry a pocket-sized copy in my purse. If I ever get into trouble, I will know my rights.

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!

1 comment:

alee said...

Somehow I feel like you are never going to get in trouble enough to need to know your constitutional rights! But yes, I have read it lately...Nicholas and I read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence just yesterday :)