Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God Bless the USA!

Happy 4th of July!
We're Closed for the parade.
Walk on down. There's food
and drinks waitin' on youse.

Every time I hear Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA", I think of all the good that comes from the land of the free and the brave.

Every time I hear Brooks and Dunn sing "Only in America", I picture those kids on a school bus, all colors, all sizes, all types. Some with hope... Some just gettin' by...

Every time I hear The Star Spangled Banner I picture baseball stadiums, hats off, hands over hearts and a crowd singing along....

Which has to remind me of Jeter, right???

And when it's "Taps" I hear, I see a campground, quiet. Calm. Everyone hunkered down. Time for sleep, for rest, for regrouping, re-strategizing. 

And when it's a bagpiper tooling "Amazing Grace" I see a fallen soldier, someone bigger and braver and  way tougher than me. Someone who answered valor's call... That link is to a simply amazing video... thought provoking and just beautiful.

And when I hear America the Beautiful I see marching bands, young folks, dressed in costumed splendor, Old Glory waving as they make formations on the field or parade down a small town road...  

But today I hear God Bless America.... Land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her... through the night with a light from above....

And that's what I wish for all the folks as Missy, Tex and I head down to the Village Green for the annual reading of the Declaration. The old men will all pretend to be part of that Second Continental Congress and John Adams will be played by Hector James and that's a good deal because neither one knew/knows when to shut up.

But they both love God and this country so I guess it's okay.

For today.

Happy Independence Day.... We've got a coffee booth at the community celebration. Bring your own lawn chair, of course, and set a spell whilst the old uns play cards and the young ones play us a little fiddlin' music courtesy of the Tennessee Walker High School Ensemble. 


  1. Stirring way to start my day. Loved the music, looking forward to the fiddlin'. God bless you and yours on this 4th of July.

    1. Back at ya! Hey, I've got veggie salad and a veggie burger for you! Made it special.

  2. Oh, I'd love to hang out here all day!

    You did say the weather was perfect, right? Just hot enough to feel like summer :)

    Homemade ice cream this afternoon?

    1. Jan, yes... You're making it, right? ;)

      Don't you just love the idea of ice cream socials with home made ice cream.

      They always leave out the part about the flies.

    2. Oh Ruthy, there are no flies in Seekerville! The sea breeze keeps them away without blowing away the napkins.

  3. Hope you all have a wonderful 4th!!! Happy birthday to the USA!

    Thanks, Ruthy, for the inspirational post!

    1. Missy, we need you at the parade site!!! Old Jake Tucker's pants aren't fitting quite right and he's insisting all he needs is a pin....

      Trust me, he's wrong! Quick! Bring some thread! Maybe YARN would be better!

    2. On my way with the sewing kit. And duct tape just in case! :)

    3. Duct tape!


      Why didn't I think of that????? You rock, Ms. Tippens!

  4. Love it!

    My dad, who was a POW in Tokyo for 3 1/2 years during WWII (he was captured almost as soon as he landed in the Phillipines), taught all 7 of us respect for our country and for our flag. That is one legacy I have tried to pass on to my kids.

    Some other great patriotic songs: "You're A Grand Old Flag" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". How about "This Land is Your Land"? :) Gotta love those songs extolling the virtues of living in America!

    Happy 4th to all! :)


    1. Oh, Mel, I love them! I teach You're a Grand Old Flag to my little ones and we march around waving flags! And This Land is Your Land... that brings back so many fun memories. We sing that one too. And Battle Hymn.... we sang that last week in church, on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Beautiful.