Celebrating Li’l Miss Independent
As many Americans did, my family and I spent last Friday celebrating Independence Day. I can’t help but think of the freedoms that we share that so many other countries do not. As Americans we are rich beyond comparison not just in our wealth, but in the little things too–like cookouts and firework shows; those special moments that we sometimes take for granted. Of course, my mind also floats to Juliana and I can’t help but think of some of the personal independence she enjoys because she can now do the following:
- Sit up alone
- Climb stairs
- Use a device to make choices
- Walk independently
- Feed herself with a spoon
These are just some of the important things that stand out. Of course she has achieved many other milestones that we never thought we would see. We are happy for them all.
So, although the parades are over and the fireworks put away until the New Year, I hope we are all reminded of the freedoms that we get to have—those large and small that make our independence worth remembering and appreciating.