Unabashed Patriotism
by Pam Ford Davis
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Independence Day....

July 4th....

Is it just a day off work?

There are advantages to being 70; I can reminisce. I would be remiss if I did not dedicate this patriotic piece to my father, Franklin F. Ford.

Dad loved our nation, the military and Independence Days of ‘unabashed patriotism.’

How do I know?

He worked hard for his money; yet, he sensed the importance of treating his children to the thrill of backyard sparkler waving. I remember our trips to my Uncle Alex’s neighborhood grocery store to buy fireworks.

The long white boxes held handfuls of sparklers. Reaching inside, we pulled out the first sparklers of the night and waited as Dad or Mom lit them for us. Then the fun began.

We twirled the sparklers at arm’s length creating our own colorful fireworks shows. Occasionally, Dad took us to see fireworks on a larger scale at ‘Suburban Park,’ in Manlius, New York.

Dazzling lights filled the nighttime sky; wow!

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him (Psalms 8:3-4a NKJV)?”

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis