Friday Five: Independence Day Edition

Party Like it's 1776

Hey, it’s the Friday Five! You can find it at RevGalBlogPals, posted by Pat Raube, who writes:

In honor of the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Indpendence, I invite you to participate in today’s Independence Day edition of the Friday Five! We’ll be looking at all kinds of “independence,” so please join in!

1. How does one typically celebrate your native /adopted land’s Big National Holiday?

Cookouts and fireworks! And parades, if you’re lucky enough to live near one.

2. How do you personally celebrate the holiday described in #1? Any unusual twists on the typical celebration? Is it something you enjoy or endure?

It’s our family tradition to watch our favorite movie, “1776.” My kids grew up knowing it by heart, and now I’m getting started on the new little brother, who remarked, “There’s a lot of singing in this movie!” That’s what makes it a musical!

3. What does the word “independence” mean to you, whether in a political or personal mood? How has that understanding changed throughout your life?

Independence means the freedom to think your own thoughts and hold your own beliefs, not to have them dictated by others. I was better at grasping this in the macro (forms of government) than the micro (family systems, ack!), but I’m working on the latter. Still.

4. When did you first feel that you, personally, had gained independence? Was there a ‘rite of passage’ you would like to share?

When I refinanced my house in Maine and did all the paperwork myself.

5. Tell us about your favorite “indie” film, music label, book store…

Slightly different answer. I love local yarn stores. They are unique as their owners. I love the odd choices in what is stocked to fit in a small space. On vacation or at conferences, I seem them out. I always go straight to the sock yarn section in hopes of discovering something new, and I am rarely disappointed.

Hampden neighborhood yarn
“hampden” by neighborhood fiber co.

The last new yarn store I visited on a trip was Lovelyarns in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. I bought some great sock yarn made by Neighborhood Fibre Co. (click the link for a great indie story!) and named after that particular neighborhood. It’s currently on the needles and 3/4s of the way to a pair of cuffed socks for kathrynzj who patiently parked the car, scouted out a beer store and waited for me to finish shopping.

Bonus Question: Is there a time you remember going “against the tide” of advice or precedent, or in some other way? Or perhaps a time you wish you had done so?

I wish I had taken feelings about myself and other people seriously fifteen years ago instead of waiting so much longer. The capacity to self-delude is not a characteristic of independence.

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