Alex R Hernandez Jr - July 2019

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TEXAS TRIAL LAWYERS REVIEW

JULY 2019

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Fireworks, Barbecues, and Reflections

July is My Time to Think

From all of us here at the firm, I hope you and your family had a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. Truth be told, I’m writing this letter a little ahead of the holiday, and I still don’t quite know what my plans are! My family tends to be pretty spontaneous in the summer months, especially when it comes to celebrating multiple Independence Days. Some years, we go all-out for the Fourth of July, making the drive to San Antonio to see the massive fireworks show. Other times, we just relax and have a barbecue in the backyard. I suppose you could say that having this freedom from any one tradition is what independence is all about. But I have noticed one consistent change over the years — no matter where we celebrate, the day has become less and less magical for my kids. I’m sure any parent can relate to this — it’s the same across all holidays. When your kids are younger, they bring so much joy and excitement to every celebration. Whether they were eagerly waiting for Santa Clause or running through the yard with sparklers and little American flags, the energy my children brought on those special days was infectious! Now they’ve matured and have their own priorities to think about. I know this is just part of life, but part of me does miss how they used to jump up and down at the mere thought of going to a fireworks show. Now our parties on the Fourth tend to be much like the rest of summer — mellow. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My family honors both the Fourth of July and 16 de Septiembre

after all — two Independence Day celebrations within two months can wear you out if you don’t take it easy. So I’ve come to see the Fourth, and the month as a whole, as a time to reflect. The warm weather and summer breeze make for perfect thinking weather — which is good, since I have plenty to think about this time of year. That’s why the firm and I hold a big meeting every July. It’s our chance to take stock of what’s working for our clients and find new ways we can help them. While we are constantly making tweaks and improving our

services month-by-month, this is our chance to take a step back and look at the big picture.

As for myself, I do the same thing with my own life. I reflect on how much my kids have grown, how much has changed over the years, and how lucky I am to call this nation home. While the fireworks may have faded by the time you receive this newsletter, I hope the rest of this summer brings you plenty of time to enjoy the simple freedoms we celebrate this time of year. –Alex R. Hernandez Jr.

“Two Independence Day celebrations within two months can wear you out if you don’t take it easy.”

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