The Wrong Lilies

The Wrong Lilies

Monday, July 4, 2016


Sometimes someone else says just what we feel: 

“I'm not quite sure why, but July 4th had become much more meaningful to me as a holiday the older I've gotten. I absolutely *loved* going to see fireworks as a kid, and I can still conjure the feeling of sitting on my dad's shoulders wading through the crowd at South Street Seaport, being awestruck and delighted by the sheer number of people packed into a little space.
Maybe part of it is having kids myself, and having the chance to see the delight in their eyes as they watch fireworks, and walking through a small town parade with Kate and her family, waving flags and singing songs and enjoying everyone in their red, white and blue. But I also think that in the same way, as you age, you come to appreciate the power of familial love more and more, as I've gotten older I've come to appreciate the same for love of country. You love your family because it's yours. Not because it's objectively the greatest family ever in history. Not because it's the greatest collection of humans who ever inhabited the planet. No, because you belong to them and they belong to you and you'd do anything for them.
Happy birthday, America. Let's try to be as good to each other as we possibly can be." 

By Chris Hayes of MSNBC on All In, July 4, 2016

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