Jul 4, 2016

Happy July 4th...

Freedom is never given, it is won..

Living in the USA and being an American is something one should never take for granted, 
but we do.  I have seen, heard and read about life in other countries, but the freedom we 
have here and the choices are something that not everyone enjoys.  America may not 
be the best country, nor the best place to live according to so many surveys, but as 
far as I am concerned there is NO other place on earth I would want to call home.

Arvid is from Norway, but from what he has told me there was not a day in his life that he 
did not yearn to leave.  To explore.  To venture out into this world they call America. 
 Once he came here some 20+ years ago he never looked back.  His family lives

 in Norway, but home is here in the USA when we once shared it with
 Brutus, Shadow and now Sniff.  Home is the 3 of us right here.

Being born in a different county makes you appreciate the USA even more.  Here we 
have the freedom to say and do what we like.  On the actual day, July 4th we always 
plan on being with Brutus. Now we will be home with Sniff.  Arvid likes to make
 sure that the Fireworks did not scare him Brutus so we stayed in.  Sniff 
deserves the same and will get it. During the day, well there are
 many things one can do and still get into enough "trouble"  

The City of Chicago puts up a great show.  It all takes place right withing walking
 distance of us.  Right at Navy Pier. A few years ago when Arvid's brother and girlfriend 
visited us we went with them to navy Pier on July 4th.  Was a good time.

To all a happy July 4th.  Remember, it's better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
America, America O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!!!!!!!!!

It is easy to take liberty for granted, 
when you have never had it taken from you...

And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me..