It's now about midway through our big summer holiday weekend, centered around the Fourth of July, our nation's birthday, also known as Independence Day.
This year the Fourth falls on Monday, so many folks are getting a three-day weekend, somewhat like what happens in other parts of the world who have various bank holidays. Some folks have departed the city for various beaches, some folks will have to work to allow those with leisure more pleasure in enjoying their leisure.
Well, this time around, I am amongst the folks who are getting the three days off. This lets me celebrate a certain bit of independence along with my nation!
The past weeks have not contained any pre-holiday feeling, and have found me feeling a bit weary on some evenings. When certain times become demanding and might be potentially stressful, it is so heartening to connect with friends.
That is why I have chosen to include the above photo in this post. The little bouquet of pink hydrangeas, drinking in some water from a stack of vintage teacups, were spontaneously given to me by a neighbor. This lady has a garden in front of a brownstone house in which currently grow some roses, begonias and hydrangeas. At other times of the year, other blooms offer their beauty to all who pass by.
This gardening neighbor and I had a quick chat yesterday afternoon, comparing notes as we often do. And then, she quickly broke off some pretty pink flowers and gave them to me.
Some might think that a tiny bouquet is only a tiny bouquet. I would say that this gift of beauty represents the soft quality of interaction that exists between or amongst folks in this big city.
We often might seem to be rushing around with our own agendas, without a thought for anyone else. Numero uno to the max. I do not think this is always so.
May I wish those of you who live in the States, a very Happy July 4. May I wish others a beautiful week with many opportunities, as your Monday arrives.