Qavah woke up on July third and asked why Daddy had four days off work in a row. She hadn't been thinking of the upcoming July 4th holiday because we were busy with other things. But when she asked about Daddy's vacation I stopped to tell her about the Declaration of Independence. I found a picture book of early colonial life and taught her about that time in history. She listened carefully to my entire explanation of the events leading up to the signing of the document and the war that gave the colonies their freedom from British rule. As though this was all such important news, she was wide-eyed and asked, "So when did all this happen?" My brain doesn't function as well in the math department so I answered, "About 300 years ago." She pondered that for a moment and commented, "Oh, so it was before you and Daddy got married." I guess those two events seem like a long time ago to her way of thinking.
Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed down to them to do the same." How true, and how necessary for us as parents and grandparents to help our children grasp the truths of our freedoms as stated in the Constitution. We finished up our homeschool session that morning with a little lesson on the flag of the United States, and the meaning behind the July 4th holiday. Please enjoy your celebrations this weekend. And may God continue to bless America to the next generation.