When my English friend e-mailed that she was having her neighbors over for drinks on July 4, I asked her to send a photo. Remembering her Burns Night Supper a couple of winters ago, I suspected that having friends over for drinks didn’t mean setting out a keg and some Solo cups under a tree.
While we celebrated our independence with cookouts and picnics, she and her husband invited their neighbors to a garden party. The photo upped my Anglophile feelings another notch.
Have a look:
Absolutely lovely, isn’t it.
The British are much more current on international news than we are, so they probably know more than they want to know about our absurdities, our crazy politics, etc. Do you think they might, like the parents who pull out the champagne when the last kid finally leaves the nest, the Brits might have enjoyed a toast to our Independence?
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When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat. – George Carlin
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
– Winston Churchill
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
– H.L. Mencken
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James A. Baldwin