Monday, July 2, 2012

Flower Rings, Freedom Rings

I bet I’m not the only one who remembers placing little flower-shaped Salerno butter cookies on your fingers as a kid and eating them off one petal at a time.

It’s a wonderful memory.  Maybe it’s because, in my imagination, on my little hands those cookies fit like real rings.  Or maybe it was because there’s just something inherently fun about eating food off of your fingers.  But, today I made a new memory with these flowery rings of deliciousness.  And, it’s really good.
Four times a year the Community Foundation of Grant County gets the opportunity to grant monies to worthy non-profit recipients in our community.  Today was that day.  We had our very first “Give Me Five” celebration and toasted our grant recipients, as all Indy 500 champions do, with milk…we added the cookies.  Specifically, Salerno butter cookies, aka flower rings. 

The Quilters Hall of Fame, Christmas City Walkway of Lights, Community School of the Arts, and Cancer Services of Grant County all shared how their grants will improve the quality of life in Grant County…the very mission of the Foundation.  And it was heartwarming.
Their passion was palpable.  Their hard work, noteworthy.  Their gratefulness, abounding.  But above all else, I admired their selflessness.  It’s not about them; it’s about those they serve. 

This is not altogether different than the men and women in our armed forces who sacrifice just so you and I can bask in the joys that freedom in America brings.  In fact, the Foundation has two funds set up in memory of LanceMcGregor and Brandon A. Barrett.  Both of these young men gave their lives so that we could live in the land of the free.  Yet, while most of us will attend a fireworks show somewhere this Wednesday, how many of us will truly remember that it’s America’s birthday?  She looks pretty good to be turning 236, don’t you think?  Lots of countries have birthdays.  Although some don’t celebrate with fireworks; many don’t celebrate with freedom.  So when freedom rings in a new year for America on July 4th, maybe we should take some time to thank someone who has protected our freedoms thus far.  Someone who sacrificed on your behalf and someone who makes it possible to have fireworks displays, birthday parties, and even little flower ring cookies. 
Peace and Blessings America,

~Dawn

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