Happy 4th of July, everyone!
We live in the most progressive district of one of the most liberal cities in the world, but don't for a minute think patriotism isn't alive and well here. Our brand of it might be a little different than everyone else's, but it's no less sincere.
I love the 4th of July. I love it for all the usual clichéd reasons of fireworks and BBQs, but I also love it for the time I get to spend with my family on this special holiday. My brother's birthday is in a few days, making this week doubly celebratory. It's also bittersweet, as my mom passed away around this time eight years ago. At the time I was so immersed in caring for her that we both forgot the date (even the year!). July 4th was a particularly difficult night, but when we suddenly heard fireworks, our spirits lifted. My mother was the one person I know who loved the 4th of July even more than I do.
Like all holidays, this one is a time for renewal. It is for reflection and remembrance and nostalgia, and it is for optimism and hope. I got into politics because I love my country deeply, and I want to serve it. I want to honor its past, improve its now, help shape its future. One precinct at a time.
Hope your day is safe, happy, and fun!