We are approaching the Fourth of July; Our Independence Day. What does that mean anymore to the public at large? Sometimes I wonder. We walk and we work and we chatter but we also squander.
In honor of celebrations, and being with family for rightful celebrations of the fourth, I will post a celebration recipe. We haven’t decided yet how or where we will celebrate the holiday. One thing I know is that we will be mindful of why we get a day off work. To us, it’s not just a day off work. We will be mindful that the exploding lights in the sky are to fill us with a goose bump moment as we hear the beloved Star Spangled Banner and reflect.
I’m a writer, and as such I write many things. The need to express what I see, feel, hear and know is what makes me a writer. Everyone sees and feels most things I do. I just have to write it down. Maybe it’s a form of OCD.
One of my short stories carries a title borrowed from a speech given nearly one hundred and fifty years ago. The words were extremely meaningful to the day. Profound words that the author admitted he believed (as many writers do) would not be remembered. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here”. He was wrong; they will likely be quoted forever. I think they are as important today as they were the day the words fell from the great American’s lips.
An excerpt from the Gettysburg Address
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
President Abraham Lincoln November 1863
I’m analytical too, and I dissected this excerpt for myself and gave thought to how we as a nation are handling each of these noble obligations set forth to us. I’ll let you do the same, but ask you to be mindful of your blessings. This Fourth of July, think about what it costs to be free. Remember as well what Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not sit by and do nothing.”
Now for the celebration part! The recipe I promised.
It’s a quick one, and represented in the photo above the way any summer trifle is… messy and yummy. To be color correct, layer strawberries and whipped cream, top with blueberries and pipe whip cream stars around the edges. However to lighten this up you could take some liberties with the colors and layer cubed watermelon and honeydew in the trifle bowl, finishing with the blueberries, and stars made of equal parts plain Greek yogurt and room temperature low-fat cream cheese. Garnish each serving with more piped stars.
Happy July 4th!