Independence Day felt somewhat overcast this year, and I’m not talking about the weather (though in North Carolina, we had some very impressive thunderstorms). It’s a strange time to be in America, and the conversation doesn’t really need to veer too much toward the political to acknowledge a tangible sense of weirdness.
But, like the post referenced below from @diamondoodles, we do not stop celebrating, because perseverance and pride are mainstays of the American people. This sense of optimism, I think, is what made the sight of others’ July 4 celebrations all the more beautiful: Finding cause to rejoice despite the current mood and climate, by acknowledging our families, our freedoms, and—with a digital flood of red, white, and blue—our flag. A friend of mine put it best when he suggested celebrating “the Americans he knows and loves,” and there’s nothing better than sharing that love.
Celebrating the #fourthofjuly with @janetaylorjewelry #redwhiteandblue, gemstone style. This is from @by_couture a couple of years ago. Thanks @janiesilvertaylor and @cleowillizg for the continuous color inspiration… Happy Fourth of July to my friends in the US (I’m on a plane to Greece)! #ruby #rubyring #sapphire #sapphirering #diamondring #deco #redgems #bluegems #couture
Happy 4th of July. “let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California. But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” Martin Luther King Jr.
Top image via: @zadokjewelers