But hey, what’s not to love about a $8 date on buy one get one free movie night here in Grenada? Oh, and the popcorn is super cheap too, but that’s detratracting from the point of this post… which is that normally I am pretty happy to be on this island, but it’s hard not to miss the U.S.A. on days like this!
I’ve spent a lot of time living somewhere else, and it’s only increased my appreciation of all the liberties we have in the States. It’s been fun living on an island, sure, but I honestly can’t wait to get back. The saying is true: there’s really no place like home, and I definitely feel most comfortable on U.S. soil. So, if you are in the States today and want to show it some love for me, here are three ways you give back on July 4th:
1. Write a Note to a Member of the Military
My BFF Katie has been pen pals with a few soldiers over the last few years. She always clips news articles and sends packages. It really is the nicest thing. I know the soldiers appreciate it so much, and many of them have sent her e-mails thanking her. If you’ve always wanted to do something like this but never found the time, today is a good day to start. There are several organizations that you can join that help soldiers specifically.
2. Spend Time With The People You Love
Time is a gift, and if you have the day off today, enjoy it! Have a barbeque, light some fireworks, and hug your kiddos. Even better, bring some awesome food to your friends and family who have to work today like police officers, doctors, nurses, and anyone doing shift work.
3. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering is philanthropy at it’s finest. There’s no greater gift you can give than a few hours of your time. Find a cause you believe in and put some heart and soul into it. Whether it’s anonymously helping a needy family or walking dogs at a shelter, just a few hours of your time can truly make someone’s day.
I’d love to hear how you are spending the holiday if you’re currently in the U.S., and if you’re not, maybe you can share some of your favorite ways to give back in the comment section below. I’m always down for hearing some new ideas.