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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Flowers bursting in the air

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, 
not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers 
who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but, with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees,  
the potato salad gets iffy,
and the flies die from happiness. 
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. 
Erma Bombeck

Wishing you all a day surrounded with loved one and  filled with celebration.

This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.


  1. The same to you Gail. I hope you are buzzzing around with friends and family celebrating.

  2. Happy Independence Day to you! Love Erma Bombeck and coincidentally used that same quote. Great minds think alike!

  3. We had our main celebration yesterday, which included a daughter's 50th birthday, but the picnicking will continue today.

  4. Dear Gail,
    What a perfect flower portrait to honor the day. Beautiful! I too love those little flames and Echinacea so healing . . . it is as if the flowers tells you so. Happy Fourth to you and yours. Carol

  5. Happy Indpendence Day to you, too. I love the picture and the Erma quote!

  6. Hope you had a wonderful 4th.

  7. Awesome quote & photo! Happy 4th of July!

  8. Hope you had a great Independence Day, Gail.
    I love the quote, it really expresses very good how we Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July as a big family instead of us showing military strength in a big parade.
    God Bless America

  9. A perfect floral fireworks display! Hope you had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

  10. Great quote! I miss Erma Bombeck. -Jean

  11. Oh, what a perfect quote. Yes, I met some of those flies just yesterday...

  12. Great post! And happy belated Fourth. I am going to have to remember that quote for next year . . .

  13. Hope you had a lovely, flower-filled fourth Gail.


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