Happy Birthday, Home!

Written by contributing blogger, Christine Martin.

Birthdays are special times in the year when one celebrates life and having reached a new year. If we look a little deeper, we can also celebrate who we are and all the people/experiences that have led us to that certain point in life.

Independence days are like birthdays. We celebrate how far we've come, the influences that have aided us, and the lessons we've learned along the way. Our birthplaces have history just like we do. Our roots give us a sense of home.

July 4th is United States' Independence Day. As one of my places of roots, I'd like to say:

Happy birthday, beautiful oceans, mountains and forests.

Happy birthday diverse peoples, faiths, and preferences.

Happy birthday, freedoms, challenges and growth.

Happy birthday, home.