Dude, I think I was born a gear head! (Thanks Dad, Uncle, Great Uncles, and Grandpa!)
Check me out burnin’ rubber at Eastridge Mall before Mom and I hit up Tomi Sushi and Seafood Buffet for din-din. I have no clue who my co-pilot was, but he didn’t get in the way of my lead foot, so he’s all right by me.
Checkered flag — here I come!
Last month, Mom, Dad, and I went to the Silicon Valley BBQ Championships in Santa Clara. There was something for everyone in our family: BBQ (Dad), Craft Brew (Mom), Wide Open Spaces (Moi).
Upon arrival, the People’s Choice Winner was slammed, and word on the grass was that they were running low. So we hopped over to The Cats booth, and hooked up pork sliders and baked beans (hello, brown sugar!). Nom!
Once fed, we pulled up a few hay bales and watched the awards ceremony. Folks came from far and wide to compete: Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, even Massachusetts! I was a bit tempted to follow the winners back to their tents for a tasting. But alas, we scooted over to the carnival area where I got bounced in the bouncy house and spun in the spinning tea cups.
What a tangy-sweet day!
In this toddler’s estimation, the 4th of July is a lively mix of friends, food, and fun. But is that it?
This question inspired me to read the Declaration of Independence. Ambitious, you say? Maybe, so I asked Mom to help me out. My paraphrases below. Let’s begin.
[USDoI]: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
[RR]: Yup, Great Britain, we have this you-tell-us-what-we-can-and-can’t-do dynamic goin’ on. But since we’re all a part of God’s green Earth, it’s time for us to bust out and do our own thing. Let me break it down for ya.
[USDoI]: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
[RR]: We all arrive on the scene with the same rights as the next guy or gal: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. You following?
[USDoI]: That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
[RR]: To lock-and-load these rights, we the peeps empower our own governments. If they start gettin’ shady, we can throw ‘em out. (As we should for our own good!) Hey, we’re not going to change governments over silly stuff. But if they keep screwing up, we gotta take action and bring in the A-team.
[USDoI]: Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
[ Check out Wikipedia for the laundry list of shady stuff ]
[RR]: Hey, we cut you some slack, but you’ve gone too far, King. Ready for the substantiated laundry list? Here goes. You didn’t pass laws to keep the peace. You even told your subordinates not to pass ‘em! You tried to trick us into trading laws for our right to representation. We’re no suckas! You tried to hold legislative meetings in super random and inconvenient places, so people would knowingly flake. You flat out kicked Representative Houses to the curb! Then you stonewalled the election of new reps, rendering us vulnerable to attack. What’s up with that? Then you said no one could migrate across the pond. Let’s see here — what else did you pull? Oh yes! A big N-O to creating empowered judges. And then came the swarm of bureaucrats, harassing us left and right. Not only did you deploy standing armies in peace-time, but you made the military unbeholden to civil leaders. Argh! But here’s the kicker: via Parliament, you tried controlling us with laws that conflict with our constitution. Not cool. So you counter with war — not very becoming of a so-called civilized nation, don’t cha think? We asked nicely for you to stop, but no.
[USDoI]: Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
[RR]: Listen, we never wanted it to go down like this. We told you we were setting up shop in a new land. But you didn’t listen. So you’ve given us no choice. It’s on.
[USDoI]: We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
[RR]: It should come as no surprise that we had a little pow-wow, and decided enough is enough. We’re going to do our own thing without you lording over us. We Be Free. Period.
[RR]: Signed, the Original 13.
Are y’all ready for the 4th???
Today was the big 4th of July parade around the day care center, and I certainly made sure to dress the part. Even though we were in and out in 10 minutes, I gave a big high five to the good U S of A with every step!
You might say I’m an American Girl!
"Reading" is where it’s at, y’all!
For my 2nd b-day this month, Auntie Critty hooked me up with First 100 Words by Roger Priddy. The subject matter was spot-on for this toddler: colors, things that go, bathtime, bedtime, mealtime — you get the idea. The pictures were bright, cheerful, instructive. All good stuff. I’m especially fond of the form factor, as it is “just my size”.
So what should I read next, folks? Anyone up for a book club? Until next time, read on!
On the eve of Dad’s return from a 2-week stint in Wisconsin for Army duty, what did Mom and I do? Shop!
Mom thought we’d just stroll to Pinkberry for a guiltless treat, but I hooked a right into Free People. Girly crochet…distressed denim…organic prints…floppy hats. Fabulous!
While Mom tried on duds, I made the store my personal closet by trying on hats and sunglasses. I do love an accessory! The shop girls were amused.
When’s our next shopping date, Mom?
LG Food Fest is in full effect, yo!
OK, my slang may be a bit out-dated, but the sentiment is “straight up”. Tonight Mom and I met up with a buncha friends for food truck grub, music, and hangin’. What a hoot!
My shenanigans included stealing a ball from a 1-year-old, cutting a rug to “Sweet Caroline”, and dipping a hand in the band’s tip jar (Mom intercepted any sticky fingers).
All in all, an epic night!