It has been quite a week around these parts here in Ohio. A quick, yet powerful storm system swept through here on Friday leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power for several days in scorching temperatures. This morning, I received a text that our Granville candy and vintage store got power and I saw several yippees on Facebook too. We are all so thankful for the technicians who've worked so hard in this heat to restore our modern conveniences! UPDATE: it was a false alarm! The power is not yet on in Granville! Hoping it is restored soon! We will let everyone know when we can open!
On Sunday, Mick and I visited someone with a few red, white, and blue gifts. This person lifts my spirits in ways I cannot properly articulate so I will leave it at that. But when the words "it's Independence's Birthday" were shouted followed by a big "fireworks go BOOM!", all the trials and tribulations of the week just kind of floated away. It's amazing how certain encounters can bring life into a whole new perspective. The icing on the cake was when "I miss you Polly" brought me to tears. Humbling.
And yesterday, I was given the pleasure to help a little girl on her quest to win the "best decorated wagon" in the parade contest. She and her momma did all the hard work turning an old wagon into a firework, and let me just tell you, it is CUTE! Good luck little one!
So today we celebrate our lives of freedom. Our rights. Our independence. Our hopes. Our dreams.