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Life at the beach is reason to be grateful this July 4th

By Billie Criswell | Jul 04, 2013
When I look out into the ocean, I feel the fullness of the earth. I can’t see beyond the ocean to what lies on the other side, and in those moments the world feels so big.

Being at the beach for the Fourth of July for me is like being somewhere for Christmas when it snows.  It fits together perfectly.

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I'm very patriotic. I believe most people who live in America are patriotic.  How can you not love America? We have a mosaic of people and cultures unseen anywhere else in the world, and our country’s landscape shares that same diversity, from mountains to desertlike climates to sprawling fields and oceanside communities, there's just no place like the United States.

Living at the beach gives me a sense of patriotism. When I look out into the ocean, I feel the fullness of the earth. I can’t see beyond the ocean to what lies on the other side, and in those moments the world feels so big.

That's one thing I love about living at the beach. There's a small-town feeling that comes from living along our coast. Beach communities tend to be more close-knit, but when you crawl to the coastline where the ocean meets the sand, there is an immensity that's hard to fathom.

There I am, staring off into abyss of the waters, a small speck of what comprises our world. One American. One person. One Delawarean. One Sussex Countian.

The Fourth of July is one day when I can let my patriotic freak flag fly, unabashedly. I can break out my stars and stripes and relax and feel, well, free. I enjoy the influx of people coming to town for the Fourth of July celebrations. I love the cookouts, the ice cream, the sunshine and, of course, the fireworks. I also just enjoy being at the beach because when I look out over the ocean, I know that I'm in America, enjoying a front-row seat in an awesome country. To me the ocean is the front row,  there for the taking.

However you enjoy your time at the beach this Fourth of July, take a few moments to gaze at the ocean, and take in the splendor. Bask in wonder of the sand and surf, and grow in appreciation of the beach. It really is a patriotic way to live...close to the ocean, with your toes in the sand.     

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Celebrate safely.

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