|This photo is courtesy of the San Diego Foodbank|
I remember so well how you loved the Fourth of July, our country's Independence Day. I think one of the benefits to homeschooling is that you understood the proud history of our nation and many of the good things about it. I think it made Independence Day more special for you, in a way in which many Americans have forgotten.
Most of the time I still don't understand why you were called home. Sometimes though, I look at the financial situation of the US and of the world, and I breathe a tiny breath of relief that no one hears, that you will never know some of the things which have become commonplace in our nation. You will not know a sudden job loss from a company for which you were totally loyal. You will not know sending out a thousand resumes, without a single response. You will not know the loss of what you might think, at the time, is your great love. You will not know a broken engagement. You will not know a serious car crash. You will not know a betrayal from a friend. I could go on. Perhaps God knew that you were pretty well cooked to perfection here on Earth and ready for the rewards of Heaven. Of course, we still miss you terribly.
Independence Day this year will be even more quiet and somber than the year after your passing. Taxes have increased and salaries have not, and there is less disposable income for things like fire works and barbecues. Many of the animals you knew and loved are quite elderly, and the fireworks display we used to do would probably frighten them. This year, we are fortunate enough to have had enough rain that they would not have been a fire hazard, as this was a concern the last year that you were here for Independence Day. If you were here I have no doubt you would be explaining to everyone in an articulate manner than any number of executive orders and supreme court decisions were unconstitutional. Part of me is relieved not to have you see some of the travesties which are occurring, but I am sure that you know.
Still, please know that we do our best. I miss you and my dad more than you know., and I know that everyone else does here also. I appreciate the visits in dream, even though they are just flashes. Thank you for the encouragement for your sister. We will continue to move forward and continuing to be the people you knew while you were here. I love you both deeper than Earth's oceans and wider than its seas.