For many of us, this long weekend is the true summer "kick off", with BBQs, County Fair activities and, where permitted, fireworks. We proudly dress in red, white and blue and feel good about waving the flag. We treasure the fundamental quest for freedom and independence that the American experience has meant to so many, for so long.
Independence comes at a price - for our early founders, it meant sacrificing their livelihoods and way of life. For the immigrants that make up our country today (my Dad included), it meant leaving their homes in search of a better/different future. I looked up the word "independent" and found:
"being able to take care of your own needs and to make and assume responsibility for your decisions"
"not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself"
"I'm still independent" is an important declaration, especially as we age. Marin Villages works to help our members retain their independence - to make their own decisions, determine what their individual needs are and to express themselves through the activities they feel important for them - even when realizing this independence requires depending on the help of a volunteer, neighbor or friend.
Happy Independence Day - may you spend this weekend being active, connecting with friends and enjoying your independence in this place we call home.
Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director, Marin Villages
This Month's Village Activities