Today is the 4th of July
This is my first 4th on US Soil since 1999
My family moved back to the USA in January, we are coming up on 6 months of being back home. It’s been a great experience.
I am writing this article at 11:30 PM on July 3rd, it will probably be after midnight when I post it, so it will officially be on the 4th of July.
Feyma celebrated 4th of July
In 2017, that was the first year that Feyma and Aaron worked in Alaska during the summer. In 2017, Jared spent much of the summer in the USA staying first with his grandmother, and then with a friend. In 2018, all 3 of them worked in Alaska.
Our 4th of July plans
Here in Logansport, they have a City fireworks display at dusk on the 4th of July. We plan to attend that. It will be interesting to see how it is. In the 90s when we lived in Vancouver, Washington, they had a huge fireworks show there every year. In fact, the Fort Vancouver fireworks show is touted as being the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi, and I expect that to be true.
I am sure that the local fireworks in Logansport will not be up to the Vancouver show, but we are still really looking forward to it!
We will probably go down to the park where the fireworks show will be held a few hours ahead of dusk so we can partake in some of the activities there.
Feyma and Chris will be off from work for the 4th, so we can enjoy ourselves.
I am happy to be back
I get a lot of messages from friends in the Philippines, both expats and Filipinos there, asking me if I miss the Philippines.
Yes, I do miss the Philippines, but I am also enjoying my new life here in the States. There are some drawbacks, but overall I think that we made the right move in coming back when we did.
As I said, life here does have some drawbacks for me. I wrote a while back about the empty-nest syndrome, and that is hard on me. Not only two of our kids being gone from the home, but also just not having kids around. In the Philippines, there were always a lot of kids hanging around the house, and I enjoyed that.
We are adjusting, though, and I try to keep busy in order to keep the loneliness to a minimum. At the times when Feyma and Chris are at work, and I am doing online work here at my home office, though, it is so quiet and lonely here!
US Political Situation
The political situation in the USA is so divided these days. It almost seems like you can’t be friends or even associate with people that don’t agree with your political opinions. It did not use to be like that.
This makes me very sad, and I don’t like it. However, from the things I see on the news, the situation has become similar in the Philippines now too. The Philippines always seems to follow the trends in the USA, so I should not be surprised.
The 4th of July should be a day of patriotism and pride in our country. It is sad that it is just another day of fighting over politics. Maybe in the future, the USA can become a more friendly place again. I hope so.
Happy Birthday, USA. Two-Hundred-Forty-Three years. 243. Hopefully many more 4th of July celebrations ahead.