Independence Day…2017

 The 4th of July makes me think of many things.

Cookouts at my Auntie Ida’s, chicken sizzling on the grill. A trash can filled with ice cold Coca-Colas, my mother’s famous potato salad served in a bright green bowl.

White pants and red, white and blue T-shirts.

Freshly mowed grass I’d run barefoot in.

The flag my Uncle Danny hoisted over their redwood picnic table fluttering in the breeze.

Watching Yankee Doodle Dandy on our old RCA Victor, waiting for James Cagney to tap dance down the White House Steps.

I also think of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, our second and third presidents, dying on the same day…July 4th, 1826, the fiftieth Anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence.

Can’t deny God was in the details on that one.  

“Jefferson lives,” was what Adams said before he breathed his last, but old Tom had already left moments before, getting a head start to those Elysian Fields.

I see the Statue of Liberty standing proudly in the harbor, watching over all she represents.

My mother, who loved her so, when I was little said, “She’s always home, Lady Liberty, so, when you visit, you never have to worry about missing her.”

Despite all that goes on in our beloved country, it’s sure nice to know, Liberty, is always home.

Happy 4th     



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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22 Responses to Independence Day…2017

  1. Adam Mercier says:

    To know that liberty is always home because of the things men like Adams and Jefferson set in motion is truly remarkable. As John Adams wrote to his wife: “I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, and music.”

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  2. What a lovely post! We all need to stop and be thankful for all our country means to us. We celebrated something different when I was little — my mother’s birthday.

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  3. Lady Liberty is what it’s all about!

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  4. micklively says:

    Wresting control from the British was certainly a good thing and worthy of annual celebration.

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  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Liberty is so easy to take for granted when it’s all we’ve known. Around 23 years ago, the director of our oldest daughter’s Russian orphanage escorted another child over here. When we met up with her, she said, “I cried when I was shown your grocery stores. We were always told that the pictures of them with all their food was a single store shown for propaganda. I can’t believe it is real. You are so lucky.”

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  6. I love your family picnic memories. Remember there was not a single store opened or sale to be found? We were all very content just being with our relatives trying not to get grass stains on our pants. Good Times!
    As for LL out in the Harbor …. Rock On Girl!

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  7. Ross de Marco says:

    Loved the memories you brought back . I think those of us who grew up during that post WW2 era saw the best times of America . Of course there was unrest and problems , no generation is free of them , but I feel I had an amazing time growing up in The United States . I recall looking up our street on the 4th and every single home had Old Glory proudly displayed !

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  8. May we never take it for granted, even as some are doing now. May it always be with us.

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  9. I could feel the freshly cut grass between my toes! Wonderful post… I love James Cagney tap dancing down those steps, one of my most favorite movies. Woke up thinking about it this morning. Woke up thinking of you too… hope you have had a wonderful day. Wave to Lady Liberty for me, someday, somehow, I will see her up close! ❤

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