Do you know what the antonym to freedom is? Restriction! This is what life feels like celebrating the 4th of July, our Independence Day, during a Pandemic. I feel like the teenager who snuck out of the house with her girlfriend only to get caught sneaking back in by the local sheriff. True story – and I was put on double restriction.
No longer a teenager, I am an adult living through a world-wide Pandemic where my priorities are keeping myself safe, keeping my family safe and keeping my community safe through whatever means possible.
In contrast to previous July 4th celebrations at The Cypress, where members gathered with their family and friends shoulder to shoulder to gaze at the fireworks display from the barge anchored in Skull Creek, the members are celebrating their inalienable rights in other patriotic ways. Chef Eric and the dining room team, lead by Chris Katon, are offering a special holiday menu and cookout. Suzanne Brown, Activities Director, has a calendar full of activities that are all CDC approved, including swim classes and croquet. The members and staff are displaying their patriotic pride by decorating the campus throughout in red, white and blue.
“Freedom is just another word for nothin’ left to lose”. Nothing against the lyricist Kris Kristofferson and singer/songwriter Janis Joplin, but living in a Pandemic we have a lot to lose. What we do have is self-determination and choices. We have the determination that we are all in this together and the choice to make good decisions.
For now, we do not feel the autonomy we once had, but the Cypress spirit is resilient and steadfast because no matter the situation, we live in a beautiful place we call The Cypress, and most of all we are blessed with freedom only offered in America.
Happy Birthday America!