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July 8- Celebrate our independence again!

liberty bellI hope that everyone had a wonderful and celebratory July 4th! This is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I think it’s wonderful that July 4th is that it is celebrated in a summer month.  While living in Seattle can be pretty hit and miss when it comes to the weather, when it does work out- it is pretty awesome. Lounging around all day or maybe firing up the BBQ or attending a baseball game with the anticipation of a fun fireworks show when the sun goes down can’t be beat!

July 4th  is also a time to seriously reflect on just how lucky we all are to live in this country. If you haven’t heard a lot of complaining lately, you probably live under a rock.  And if you live under a rock- well I guess it doesn’t really matter what country you live in. The fact is that this system that our Founding Fathers came up with is a pretty darn good one!

Today, July 8th, is the day that the Liberty Bell was rung in the place that we now call Independence Hall.  It rang to summon the citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. If you haven’t read it since grade school you should give it a read.   Seriously.  It takes as much time as it does to page through all of the vacation pictures that someone you barely  know posted on Facebook.

Take a minute and put yourselves in the shoes of the citizens in Pennsylvania listening to the reading of the Declaration. Actually take a few minutes.  Taking yourself back to 1776 is a really good way to appreciate the amazing freedoms that we have in our country and the brave men and women who have given their lives for our comfort.

So today, July 8th, how about a second Independence Day celebration? Order yourself a pizza.  Any pizza you want!  Because you live in a free country!  ( But may I suggest the Garlic Jim’s Pizza of the Month?  It’s perfect for summer celebrations!)

Speaking of pizza, I’m pretty sure that the Founding Fathers didn’t order delivery when they were sweating over the details of this important document.  So while you are chomping on your delicious pizza that was effortlessly delivered to your front door, give these guys a genuine thank you.

Happy July 8th!

Ciao for now!

Olive

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