God Bless the USA!

Monday was July 4th, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence calling our country out of servitude to a distant king. In truth, the King of kings did that long before, calling us to be set free through the sacrifice of Jesus. How very appropriate (and yet confusing) that we celebrated our freedoms on Monday prior to the disturbing events of the week that played out across the country. I know there is much I don’t understand. I’ve never been either black or a policemen, so I can’t fully grasp either situation, but as a Quaker and an American, I fail to see turmoil, hatred and violence as a solution. I can’t help thinking about Rodney King’s quote from the early 1990s, “Can’t we all just get along?”

On a brighter note, we did enjoy Independence Day celebrations in Woodland Park this week. Their Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration throughout the day was a little disappointing to me, since there was very little “old fashioned” about it. We did enjoy visiting the historic cabins in the downtown area and visiting with the volunteers who did the narration for each one. Possibly our favorite was a little girl, probably 11 or 12 years old and dressed in period costume. She knew her stuff and did a great job of telling about the house and its furnishings. The evening’s fireworks were nice and we enjoyed watching and hearing the kids around us oohing and aahing over each new burst.  It wasn’t a long display, only about 15 minutes, but it was very nice.

The best part of the 4th of July celebration here really happens on the 5th. Each year, the Colorado Springs Symphony has a concert in Woodland Park on the 5th. Since Woodland Park calls itself the city above the clouds, this performance is billed as Symphony above the Clouds. This year they had announced that they would be doing music from a bygone era and that included everything from Big Band tunes through McArthur’s Park. When McArthur’s Park is from a bygone era, I know how old I really am! Even worse, Katy Perry’s song Firework was also included! Something missing in the classical, almost operatic rendition of a pop song, it seemed to me, but I suppose the theme of fireworks was carried through. The conclusion to the evening was the 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and fireworks, and all available with free admission. In all the years we’ve been coming out here, we had never attended the symphony before but I’m sure we will in the future.

I’ve been working in the gift shop at the lodge here at Golden Bell when campers are coming and going. I’ve never been in retail sales but I’m adjusting. LeRoy is more comfortable fabricating and building. His project one day this week was a new top for water system pit. After evacuating the ground squirrels who had taken up residence and putting screen over their means of ingress, he built a sturdy, not rusty top to cover it.

water pit cover

Today we are celebrating our 51st wedding anniversary. We drove to Colorado Springs to worship with the congregation at First Friends Church. It’s really nice to walk in and be greeted by friends from past years of visits and some of them from LONG ago and far away. The greeter at the sanctuary door is the brother of the man (just a teenager then) who introduced us originally and that same greeter is the brother-in-law of the preacher who married us. Lots of warm memories! Here’s to another 50, LeRoy!

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