Cogitation 27/205 Saturday 6 July 2019 Yesterday morning I made a cup of coffee and took it out on the deck. A mourning dove cooed in the distance. A robin sang. A fisherman sat on a pontoon across the lake, stillness and calm held sway in the early morning sunshine.
In due time a speedboat sounded its approach, skier in tow. From the east, at a house under construction, came the staccato bursts of a powernailer. I drained the last cold swallows from my cup and joined the others, now awake.
We were spending some days over the 4th with Mary and Gerald Miller at their cottage on Oliver Lake–having fun, fixing food, talking temperature and other incidentals and essentials.
For lunch on Thursday we had lettuce salad (with tasty tomatoes grown in a nearby Amish greenhouse), potato salad, grilled pork burgers, and cherries, mango and cookies. A light meal in the evening included strawberries and ice cream. We listened to live music a few doors away, and at dusk watched the fireworks that started popping around the lake, with the main event to come at 22:10.
Numerous individuals around the lake shot off a visual and sound display. The most notable display, though, was orchestrated by a family who annually create a special show–with some financial assistance from other lake residents. Thanks to that family, we witnessed an extraordinary display launched from a pontoon across the lake. The show, along with others on the lake, in surrounding communities, and across the nation, melded into a spectacular tribute to freedom, unity, and common purpose.
By contrast, what took place under the auspices of the President of the United States on the Mall in Washington, D.C., failed the test of the day. To commandeer a public event to make a speech and spectacle of might and right, in my books, did nothing to promote national unity. So be it.
We ended the day watching the televised Macy’s amazing extravaganza of fireworks and music in New York City.
Whatever the causes, and developments since, for the formation of the United States of America, it is fitting to note that on July 4 in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, representing the then 13 colonies.
Journey through the week
Sunday, 30 June
Monday, 1 July
Some thoughts on our journey together
I’m for a society that:
- Cherishes its young, one that refuses to sacrifice its children to short-term gain.
- Promotes educational, social, employment, spiritual, and leisure opportunities for youth.
- Fosters civic well-being whereby communities thrive within and beyond their borders.
- Opens new fields for food producers.
- Embraces the needs of the poor, the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, aliens, strangers, immigrants.
- Loves its elders to bits, even allowing for the cranky ones, caring for the dependent ones, valuing all.
- Remembers its forbears, their dreams, sacrifices, best efforts, mistakes, successes, the legacy they left for us to carry on.
We journey together, past, present, future.