JULY 2018 480.632.7373 jensenlawaz.com
The Most American Fourth Ever Our Family Trip to Dodger Stadium
L ately, my wife and I have been feeling a little guilty that we’ve been cheating our sons out of a big summer vacation. We went to visit her parents in Germany last March without them, and we’re planning on leaving them behind when we go to pick up my son from his mission in Ecuador around August. We figured it was high time to take them out somewhere nice to enjoy some family time together, so, for the Fourth of July, we’re doing the most red-blooded American thing I can think of: going to Dodger Stadium for a home game! Anyone who knows me knows how big of a baseball nut I am, especially when it comes to the Dodgers. And luckily, I’ve brainwashed my three sons to have the exact same passion for the game and our favorite team. So, it’ll be a blast to get them all out there to enjoy America’s favorite pastime on perhaps the most important historical American holiday, at one of the most important baseball cathedrals in the world. I mean, can you get much more patriotic than a baseball game, hot dogs, and fireworks all in one package?
Of course, that won’t be all that we’ll do out in California. Right now, we’ve got at least one day at Knott’s Berry Farm planned, but beyond that, we’re pretty much winging it. We’ll definitely be spending at least a day on the beach, relaxing in the shade while the boys go nuts splashing in the waves. Regardless of what my family and I are doing, I get excited whenever the Fourth rolls around. Call me weird, but outside of Christmas, it’s probably my favorite holiday of all time. Of course, that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with a guy who graduated with a degree in American history. Anybody can tell from a cursory look around my office, which is decked out in all kinds of patriotic stuff, from replicas of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to pictures of Washington and the Founding Fathers, that I’m pretty passionate about our country’s history. In the weeks leading up to the holiday, I always read through some new biography of one of the Founding Fathers to get in the spirit.
For whatever reason, it seems like the Fourth of July is less-celebrated today than it ever has been. I’m not about to tell anybody what to do, but personally, I think it’s important to reflect on the incredible history of our country and the opportunities it’s given us. But then again, I’m a total history buff, so what else would you expect? As our country inches closer and closer to the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence — only eight years out now! — I’m hoping I can check off one of my biggest bucket-list items. If I can be in Washington, D.C., on our 250th Fourth of July, steeped in history and American pride, I’ll be the happiest history nerd in the country. But this Fourth, I guess I’ll just have to “settle” for seeing
my favorite team in all of sports. I can’t wait to be there cheering
them on, together with my wonderful family!
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