So thankful for the freedom we have to play in the muddy water, get sloppy puppy love, eat hot dogs and drink beer (or soda or whatever), and watch a spectacle of color explosions in the sky, at least once a year.

But even more thankful for safety and freedom from fear, for the right to vote stupid and smart, for the right to bear arms, and the ever-increasing progress of civil and women’s rights. May our nation always make the sacrifices necessary to maintain freedom in our law, our land and our hearts and minds.

Here’s to freedom. Real Freedom.