Thursday, July 4, 2013

Liberty


Let freedom ring.

I am sharing one of my favorite photos from the wedding last weekend as Liberty was somehow a subject that Remi and I were talking about quite a bit in the car and so it applies. Independence. Freedom. What is the cost to create an existence in which one is libre? What are you willing to do and what are you willing to go without to have that? To know that you are the owner of your life, your will, your heart?

Is today Egypt's Independence Day? Only time will tell. But how right for the millions to stand in the streets and say, "We want our rights respected now." No army could face that down.

To all of my friends and family in the States, I am wishing you a Happy Independence Day.

And you know what? For all of you that live in a free country, I am wishing you the same too...

19 comments:

  1. ah yes.

    *ironicgleam*

    freedom from the oppressive british.

    happy july 4th!

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    1. Oh, you surprise me. They were oppressive at the time, m'dear. And admittedly I did wonder today, "Would I mind being British if they had lost?" I did. But that wasn't quite what I was talking about...

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  2. ah,Freedom ! Thinking of Nelson Mandela as well.

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  3. Are there any free countries?

    The wedding you went to looks lovely and festive.

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    1. Good question, Mr. Laoch...

      And yes it was and it was.

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  4. We, too, were at a wedding last weekend. My husband's beautiful daughter's wedding, in St. Emilion. All the love, and excitement, from which we are still recovering. And yet today, I miss my beloved Boston and fireworks and hot dogs. Happy 4th, Heather!

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    1. Oooh, the wedding must have been lovely!!! Was the weather good? We got lucky. And I bet the wines were fantastic!! :)

      Yes, not the same is it? Our Frenchy 4th? And Bastille Day just doesn't cut it for me!
      Bisous...

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    2. Yes, so lovely, but a gray day. No rain, though, so we were happy. The wine, the cognac, the food - all beautiful. The bride looked like an angel. No, our Frenchy 4th not the same. Only had one Bastille Day last year and the fireworks were disappointing :-). Bisous back!

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  5. The questions you pose are, of course, very complex and could relate to many different contexts. I do believe that in the U.S., we must continually fight for the liberty and freedom that we are to be afforded under the U.S. Constitution. I also believe in working within the democratic system, non-violently, in that struggle. Leslie in Portland

    P.S. And I wish that for the sake of our combat veterans and our pets, we could learn to celebrate the Fourth of July with visual fireworks that do not make the noise of battle.

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    1. So do I, Leslie. I think that you know that Ben is petrified of loud noises. I will have to think up a plan for Bastille Day. And yes, I can imagine that it would be a painful trigger for our veterans as well.

      I am so proud to know you as you are a fine keeper of the flame of our freedom...voting rights included!

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  6. HAPPY 4TH HEATHER.........we went to the parade in town and I dressed as MS. LIBERTY!It was a last minute ensemble and it worked!
    Then I spent the day in the garden............perfect.Now a little nap and then out to friends for dinner!A perfect day!Dont ya think?And it ITALY it is my SAINT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Happy 4th of July, Heather - from a Canadian who celebrated her country's birthday just a few days ago. Living in a democratic society is not something to take lightly.

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    1. I agree with you whole-heartedly, Lorrie.

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  8. What is freedom , what is happiness? Both not explicable. ...and is it existing at all or only in our linguistic use or is it a figment or in our wishfulness ? So many people are living so many opinions you can get about this/these questions. A very philosophic topic.
    We will think and discuss about on weekend. Have a wonderful one.

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    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful response, Mumbai. I always appreciate hearing from you. And I wish you a wonderful weekend as well!!

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  9. I'm afraid freedom for me ends up being much more precious when it's lost. Freedom of movement when I'm incapacitated, or the streets are blocked off, or flights are canceled, when I can't get somewhere or get some thing...

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  10. Great picture! I hope you had a great 4th of July even though you were not in the USA. Have a great day.

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