Happy 4th

At home on the UWS, the kiddo sound asleep in his room, my husband and I went up on our roof (armed with our baby monitor) to try to see some fireworks. No such luck (we fell back to plan B: watching on TV) but the sound of the fireworks - that super-specific distant thud - reminded me, like it does every year, to really try to imagine what it was like to be an American colonist fighting the Revolutionary War. It's really hard to imagine which makes me grateful for those individuals who have gone to battle for America over the years, and sorry that there are so many Americans serving in the military who are in harm's way. War is ugly, politics are complicated, and patriotism is often problematic; nevertheless, I am lucky and proud to be an American.