This year’s 4th of July celebration takes on a special meaning for not only myself but also my family as a whole. My mother, whom has taken on the role of planning all of our “mini” California family reunions, has been busy purchasing food, preparing her home, planning, and getting ready for this big celebration for the past month. However, during the course of her preparation and as family members eagerly geared up to celebrate, socialize, reminisce and enjoy each other’s company, my 38-year-old cousin whom I grew up with, accidentally drowned at an LA County City Park while celebrating this past Father’s Day with his kids.
This caused me to reflect on one line in the Declaration of Independence that states: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Taking this passage literally, my cousin was always one to enjoy life, liberty, and happiness – and enjoyed it he did. From his kids, to his friends, and his family, he along with his brothers and sisters were the life of every family function.
And in the midst of watching my aunt and uncle plan to bury their son, my mother continues to forge ahead with planning the family’s celebration of the 4th. In speaking with another of my cousins about the holiday, she explained, “The family needs this. We need a time to be together and enjoy each other,” and she is right.
Having a loving family, a love of community, and a love of life we continue to strive for that pursuit of happiness.
So as everyone begins to season their grills for their ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, and whatever they may cook this holiday season, remember to enjoy life and the liberty we at times take for granted and most importantly enjoy specials times with family and friends.
The BPC Media Works family plans for this 4th of July holiday are:
Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds, Publisher
Stopping by the 15th Annual Pittsburgh Picnic at Fairmount Park.
Danielle Willis, Assitant to the Publisher
My plans are to recruit dancers, and finalize the finishing touches for my new dance program: Dream Out Loud Dance Company.
Susan Morris, Office Manager
As always the family will gather for a big Bar-B-Que, a few hours at the pool then we will follow that up with Fireworks at night
Kathy & Benoit Malphettes, Cover Photography
We are going to Las Vegas to see QUEEN!!!
Natasha Ferguson, Marketing Director
Still deciding between Rialto’s 4th of July Celebration at Rialto Park or the Fireworks Spectacular at my local La Sierra Park.
Tell us what you have planned for this holiday season email: firstname.lastname@example.org.