Monday, July 5, 2010
Let Freedom Ring!
The “other” category is usually my favorite. You never know what to expect. For example, this year, we had an Ohio State Buckeye ambulance. The injured victim? A Michigan Wolverine.
Some of the “other” participants included grown men in long wigs and cheerleading skirts, a dance band, and a group of ladies who –when lined up side by side – proudly formed the American flag.
Why does the “other” factor excite me so much?
I actually gave some thought to this question during the parade. After all, isn’t it rather odd that I’m inspired by grown men in wigs doing cheerleading routines?
Yes, I do like the unexpected. But I think it’s even more than that. The “other” factor teaches us that you can’t put freedom in a box. In fact, the “other” factor is perhaps the best display of American freedom.
I love living in a community where the whole town stops to celebrate freedom for a day -- a community where zany adults spend late nights and long weekends making floats and learning dance routines, so that children can ride along, cheer, and celebrate our nation's independence.
Let freedom ring!