I remember my mom waking me up at what I thought was midnight, but was probably more like 8:30pm or 9:00pm at night to see my first firework show. I was living in Ohio. I was little and thought I was cool as anything to get to be awaken to watch my very first firework show with a bunch of grownups.
For the past several years we have done something opposite than what I was brought up doing. My kids' dad LOVES to set off his own firework show...and it is awesome. Don't get me wrong...I sit in the corner with my kids trying not to show fear but it is what he loves to do. (and he would never put any danger to our kids)
I couldn't help to think of certain things tonight. Traditions. My traditions were to go see fireworks, we would spend time with our church or... would be busy figuring out what needed to be done before the night ended. I always thought my "old" traditions needed to be made with my family or what was done in the past....I am so wrong.
Many of you might be reading this thinking, "what is wrong with keeping up with your past traditions?!" There is nothing wrong with past traditions....however, as we grow and experience life....we are able to learn and create our own traditions based on "our past experiences."
History repeats itself. Is that not a little bit about what the 4th of July is all about? Traditions? Freedom? Independence?
History repeats itself. With my past experiences in life....I have things I will repeat but I have things that I will recreate or.... change to create my own experiences. My memories will be ones that I can never erase nor will never be able to get back. My memories with my kids will be ones that will be remembered and created based on MY OWN PAST EXPERIENCES....I have learned and will not let some of my past experiences repeat themselves.
Just like America has it's ups and downs....every family has its own. I will one day look back on this post and read it and think YOU HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH IT! Just like America got through it (okay...maybe not the exact same)....but....I will not let history repeat itself in what I am thinking.
My Repurpose for Today is....if this has helped anyone....know that the 4th of July is INCREDIBLE...BUT...YOU CAN BE THE ONE FOR HISTORY TO NOT REPEAT ITSELF.
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