Tomorrow I will be going to a big picnic and fireworks show. It has been a tradition for the past 15 years and I really look forward to it. We only see the people that attend the picnic when we are at the picnic so it is a great time to catch up on what's been going on in the past year.
My youngest daughter (who is 26) used to enjoy going to the picnic and fireworks show but now has a very hard time. She is in the army and has gone to Iraq twice. The picnic is fine for her except that she has high anxiety from being in a crowd of people. The thing she has the most trouble with is the fireworks. To her they sound like bombs going off because she was bombed so many times while in Iraq. It saddens me that this wonderful display of celebration causes her so much pain. I am hoping that as the years go by she will once again be able to enjoy fireworks.
So please when you gather in celebration of our 4th of July please think of our service men and women. They are the reason we can still have our celebration.