Childhood memories of July are abundant for me … of course, twirling sparklers through the humid night air, having no pressures related to school, listening to the Brewers on the crackly, old boom box as we worked outside, cookouts with family and friends, and, if I was very lucky, making annual visits with my older siblings to Pierce Park for the annual Fourth of July festival and fireworks display … to name a few.
As I consider my list, I realize that none of these memories would exist if not for the freedom we have in this country. It was just announced that our death toll in Afghanistan has hit 2000 after more than 3900 days of involvement. That’s like the entire population of villages like Deerfield, Wautoma or Denmark being wiped out. The number of lives changed increases this figure exponentially.
I so respect the military parents, too. The thought of that final goodbye sends shivers up my spine. What selflessness on the part of our armed forces and their families. It makes me wonder if I have that in me — that willingness to sacrifice in such an enormous way.
What does all of this have to do with a health and wellness magazine? Well, it’s the freedom, I think. The freedom we all have to make healthy choices in regard to our nutrition, fitness, personal growth, wellness, relaxation, and organic and green living.
As usual, our authors have contributed numerous articles to help us on this journey. Isn’t our freedom of speech a wonderful thing? Please read on!
Also, remember that the Fourth of July is a wonderful time to contemplate, acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms we have in this great country. This month, let’s increase our efforts to thank a veteran, to appreciate all of the healthy choices we have and to be a little more selfless.
In health and happiness,