Today is my birthday. It’s also LD’s birthday (if I read his message correctly). And it is the official birthday of the US.
I’m a patriotic slob. I love listening to John Phillip Sousa tunes, watching fireworks on tv, although I don’t like them in my neighborhood. They scare my pets.
Since it’s my birthday, I get a cake. I wear hats. So here’s the picture of a Mickey Mouse Birthday Hat that Mr. Benny bought for me 9 years ago when I first visited Disneyland. I was in my late 40’s before ever getting that childhood dream of going to Disneyland in S. Cal. and it was fun. This keepsake is stored in a nice container in our master bedroom closet. It still looks new, just as the Declaration of Independence for democracy was a new idea, and is still not very old.
Today is a celebration of who we want to be, not just the past.
Today, I’m choosing a different kind of America song. It’s the one by Simon & Garfunkel, and used by Bernie Sanders in his quest to be president. This is the one they re-pieced for the NY primary. I liked the first one, but as I’m off to NYC soon and thinking ahead to going on a boat ride with Mr. Benny for him to see Lady Liberty up close for his first time, this seemed more fitting.
Happy birthday Birdies! It’s all about us, not just me.
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) July 4, 2017