I’m grateful for July 4th in America! We are a free, united states of America!
I’m a Buckeye (Ohioan) born and raised, but I’m an American, first!
I’m white, but I’m a non-racist, first!
I’m a Lutheran, but I’m a religious free thinker, first!
I’m growing older, but I’m still the child who was loved by her parents and taught to respect others and do right, rather than wrong, because the difference impacts all those around me — first!
I’m a farmer’s daughter, a believer in conservation, because this Earth is all we have in the universe — first!
I’m grateful for my life in the United States of America, first and last!
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
(Also check today’s July 4th-oriented post at my blog: