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My childhood Fourth of July Celebrations were the best.My grandfather would let me help put out the flag while the rest of the family set up tables and chairs for the family get together. My uncles were in chargeof grilling meat while my cousins and I ran screaming through the yard often waving small American flags.
Later on, after consuming deviled eggs, potato salad and watermelon, we'd waited with baited breath. An older cousin would be in charge if supervising the sparklers.
Thinking back on things I consider essentially American. I made a small slide show. Part of the celebration is sharing my all-American romance and giving away some special gifts to commenters. The Inheritance contains hope and the courage to take chances; two qualities I consider part of the American Spirit, although, they both translate across all nationalities too.
I have more right than he does. Sure, I’m not blood, but I was there when Roy needed someone.
Running a restless hand through her hair, Melody sighed deeply. It was Sunday. One of the few times, she got an actual weekend off. Her free days disappeared under errands, laundry, and a stint at the animal shelter. The physical activity of bathing and walking the animals made her feel useful. It also undid some of the stress from dealing with mortality on a daily basis. Most patients were similar to Roy and made their departures with dignity. A few considered her the angel of death and treated her with a mixture of horror and contempt, often cringing when she came near.
That’s why a pet would come in handy. A pet would greet her with enthusiasm after a long day. She even had one in mind. A tan mutt about the size of a beagle, but with the long body of a basset, would be the one. He came through the dog drop window for cowardly owners who avoided any interaction with shelter staff when they deserted their pets. Melody nicknamed the dog Charmer because he stole her heart.