Happy Independence Day.Â We’ve been celebrating in style all day long.
This year, our Embassy threw a cook-out.Â This is our fourth (can you believe it!?!)Â Fourth of July to be here, and the first time there has been an Embassy hosted event for the whole family.Â In past years, we have declined the invite to a formal diplomatic event.Â We so enjoyed the pool, hot dogs, and all-American feel today and were very thankful for the change.
With a beautiful view of the Niger River, we were keenly aware of where we were.
Major holidays like this one, Christmas, and Thanksgiving feel very strange here.Â Everyone else is just going about their business, having a normal day.Â Which makes an American think constantly, throughout the day, about home and the celebrations going on there.
The fact that millions of people in our home culture are with friends and family eating hot dogs and hamburgers, watching fire works, and celebrating who we are didn’t feel sad this year.
I thought of home with joy in my heart, thankful to be here.Â Enjoying the holiday from a different perspective.Â I think it took the last three years to get to that place.Â This 2 hour Embassy pot-luck definitely helped to add a festive feel to the day.Â I am so glad to be an American.Â I’ve learned I take that with me wherever I go.