This land is my land.
Little River Island, Cutler, Maine
Photo by Chuck Turk, July 2013
“Good Morning, Baldy,” the lighthouse said as the island’s resident male eagle did a flyby.
“Morning, Flash,” Baldy responded. “Beautiful day.”
“What have you been doing – fishing?”
“Earlier.” The eagle landed on a rock beside the water. “Had to get breakfast to the nest for the youngster. But I’ve spent the last couple of hours just flying all around – looking down on town, the harbor and the water. Lots of people out today.”
“Ah yes. It’s a special day. I’m even going to put on my special attire to celebrate.”
“So why’s today so special?” Baldy watched a boat pass by.
“4th of July – America’s Independence Day,” the lighthouse said.
“They really like to celebrate it. I saw a parade downtown with everyone waving little flags. And I saw lots of people setting up for picnics.”
“Yep. It’s quite a day. I expect to see some folks over here on the island as well,” Flash added.
“It’s amazing how many boats are out – sailboats, lobster boats, motorboats, even kayaks. So what are they celebrating about that day?”
“Freedom. Freedom to live in this country and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Didn’t our Creator give everyone those gifts?” Baldy cocked his head.
“He did. He gave the people their freedom, and many of them have gone to battle to guarantee they keep it.”
“So that’s why they’re all out here having fun?”
“Yep. Because they can.”
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17