Day 80 – Independence Weekend

7 HUGS, 4 children, 2 adults (1 husband, 2 neighborhood friends)

***disclaimer***I may get deep on you all again this weekend. Holidays bring that out in me. This holiday in particular is really hitting me. This month I have read articles or posts that have really got me thinking about how fortunate I am to be living in the United States, the Land of the Free. They were:

Leaving Libya: How I Learned to Appreciate Everything I’d Taken for Granted by Krista Bremer (in O, The Oprah Magazine) – Incredibly moving. She explains the situation in Libya from her perspective as a visitor. I felt the anguish that her and her family members were going through.

Nour El Refai – Images from the Egyptian Revolution – from A Hopeful Sign  – Photos taken throughout the revolution.

Bahrain to citizens living abroad: Spy on countrymen, no protests permitted – by F. Brinley Bruton on – An article showing the extremes that Bahrain is going to to quell protesters.

I have the freedom to do what I want, say what I want, believe what I want, hug who I want without fear of repercussion. I can’t even fathom what it would be like to not have these unalienable rights that I believe everyone is deserving of. This weekend I celebrate my freedom, I will take many moments to reflect on the privileges that I have living in this country and my hugs are dedicated to those that are struggling and fighting for the same rights that I take for granted every day.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


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