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Happy Fourth of July! A Note About Freedom in the Era of COVID-19
As I write this newsletter, the Fourth of July is just around the corner, and I’m really looking forward to it. However, I know that this Fourth is going to look pretty different from years past when our community would get together in big groups for kids’ activities, concerts, and fireworks displays. The City of Roswell has postponed or canceled all city events through June 30, and at the time I’m writing this, it’s up in the air whether the typical Fourth of July fun will go forward. These cancellations have been happening for months, joining the dozens of other pandemic-related suggestions and rules that have comprised our new normal. It’s been a strange experience to be told where I’m allowed to go, what I can do, and what I should wear, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way. Of course, I’m happy to comply with all of those things to keep my friends and family healthy, but the restrictions have given me a new appreciation for the American freedoms I once took for granted. July Fourth is the day we celebrate those freedoms and the people who won them for us centuries ago. I’m particularly grateful for our Founding Fathers and our democratic republic this year because these last few months have given me an eye-opening peek into the window of a different world. I’m glad we’re slowly getting back to the America I’m used to, where I can go to church with my family, dine out in a restaurant, and enjoy live music without worry. In other parts of the world, that’s a “normal” people have never experienced. “I’m particularly grateful for our Founding Fathers and our democratic republic this year because these last fewmonths have given me an eye-opening peek into the window of a different world.”
As the fog of this pandemic lifts and we return to our daily routines, I hope this lesson isn’t forgotten. I know I won’t forget it because I work with many of the veterans who have fought for those freedoms and played a critical role in preserving our independence. I feel blessed that even when I was working from home, I could help them get their disability benefits. Claims are proceeding as normal despite the virus. This go-around, I think the Fourth of July might be a little bit more patriotic than in years past as we all think of those veterans and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. My family will be celebrating the holiday as much as we safely can! I plan to spend the day with my wife, our kids, and our pets having a cookout in the backyard, making homemade ice cream, and just enjoying our time together. If we’re able to catch some fireworks from a safe social distance or light off a few of our own, then we’ll do that, too! I hope you have a great time celebrating the Fourth however you choose. Stay safe, have fun, and remember that no matter what happens, we’re all Americans and we’re all in this together.
-Jo sh Worley
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