A favorite story among the elders of my family is about a letter I sent home during my first summer spent away at overnight camp. I was ten-years-old at the time, and it was Fourth of July weekend. Previously, I had always spent the holiday amongst family. We would attend a carnival hosted by the park district, picnic and watch the fireworks. The ten-year-old version of myself must have been feeling lonely and longing for those days because I wrote a very sad letter to my parents, begging them to come pick me up. I think I even made up a story about a dog that ate people, trying to convince them I needed to leave.
Made-up man-eating dogs are funny, but the letter became even more hilarious after I spent the following eleven summers at the same overnight camp! I eventually became a counselor and even ran the staff-in-training program.
Even though I grew to love the overnight camp that I attended, the Fourth of July celebrations were never very exciting. They would bring us down to the lake, sit us in the sand, and play the same soundtrack year after year. One of the “specialists” would set up some cheap fireworks that paled in comparison to my hometown show. Nonetheless, I eventually enjoyed them.
Thinking back on those times, I now realize that the Fourth of July was special to me as a time spent with family and friends. For many that is the case. The Fourth of July is also a time to celebrate our country’s independence. Perhaps having a picnic and watching fireworks isn’t unique to our country, but to me, it sure feels like a great way to celebrate being American.
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