As another July fourth has flown past with its parades, picnics and fireworks, I'm amazed at how little our personal traditions have changed. In most ways, I take comfort in these celebrations. It is with gratitude that I enjoy the company of family and dear friends on this joyous occasion. But in another way, with each year's closing fireworks, I reflect on the true sacrifices made by so many others that allow me to have such lovely experiences in such a safe environment. The flashes , bright lights and booming noises that fill the skies seem more and more like battlefields in my mind. And though I continue to enjoy the day, there is also a sadness and longing for a world more at peace. Although I will not see that in my lifetime, it is my sincere hope that those who follow will catch a glimpse of that world.
The Esty Bloggers team asked us to share an item in our shop that reflects Independence Day. The best example I have is in my peacoxtoo shop...a flag afghan with a large yellow ribbon gracing the blue field instead of the stars. It is in honor and memory of those who serve and have served this most blessed nation.