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6 days ago
I've never been a huge fan of the 4th of July, and certainly this year the troubling feelings about the conditions under which this country was founded are even more pronounced. And yet months of disconnectiom from others caused a shift, as did the desire to be with my kids, where they were.
It was truly frightening when Air Force One flew directly above us at about only 1000 feet, but I have a teen who is obsessed with aviation. So my disgust about the president's decision to put on this air show and move forward with celebrations despite what is happening in our country and Mayor Bowser's pleas for health and safety, I settled into the moment and looked up, appreciating my child's wonder at the miracle of flight.
And then, I suggested we try tonight at a nearby school that has a view of the Washington monument. We'd only tried such an excursion once or maybe twice in the past 10 years. But this worked. When we got out of the car, my kids' dad pointed out the amazing orange moon. I left the firework viewing spot to try to chase down a better place to soak up its giant splendor.
And then I came back and enjoyed seeing the fireworks over Arlington. I would have preferred to see more masks on more people, but everyone was pretty spaced-out and respectful. It wasn't super hot anymore and it felt like a gift to have an outing with the four of us that just felt pleasant. After so many years of fraught interactions during my marriage and then after these months of having so little interaction with other people, I was able to sit in a place of gratitude for the unexpected, unplanned togetherness this evening brought us.
When we left, the moon had risen, no longer seeming large but not hard to find.
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