Pride In New Home

July 20, 2008
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Voices: Pride for new home

July 19, 2008 11:36 pm

— Being born with an aluminum grain shovel instead of the proverbial silver spoon, I was obliged to work nights this past Independence Day.
As I drove to work that afternoon and settled into the routine, my mood was less then joyous. A mood, mind you, that did not lighten as hour after hour I heard the pops, bangs and whirs of back yards and streets in all directions contributing to the collective celebration. A good-night call from my wife confirmed the same across town as she explained that it was like this every year. Oh, joy.
But it was exactly joy that I experienced later that night when I realized what I witnessed those hours previous. It didn’t resonate at the time. I had spent so many years living in larger cities that I’d forgotten that there was a time before big brother and political correctness; a time when the Fourth wasn’t just another holiday to regulate, but a true cause to celebrate. I had become so sanitized by the mandated sparklers, snakes and all things safe that when I heard “Black Cat,” I actually thought of a black cat.
At that moment, I found myself filled with pride for this town that by chance had become my new home. A town where tradition be not forgot and the spirit of ’76 is more than a picture on a postcard; a town where individuals are still allowed to actually let freedom ring. Thank you, Joplin, for a very happy Fourth indeed.
Geoff Caldwell
Joplin

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