COLUMN: Fourth of July brings communities together

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By Shannon Brock

At dusk Monday night, I sat in my back yard with my husband in our fancy (read: not fancy at all) new lounge chairs waiting for the fireworks in Lawrenceburg to begin.

We hadn’t seen each other all day – he was working, I was out of town – so the fireworks that weren’t hidden behind houses or trees set a nice backdrop for our nightly catching up on conversation.
Our lovely yellow lab, Lily, who is only mildly afraid of the loud, fiery explosions, lay on the ground in between us, and I couldn’t help think about what a perfect night it was.

As I was driving back into town an hour earlier, I noticed parked cars all over town awaiting the fireworks display. There were many family barbecues and picnics all throughout the neighborhoods.

As you probably saw earlier in this edition of the paper, our neighbors and friends in Mount Eden gathered to celebrate our nation’s birthday with a parade.

I’m sure the individuals involved in those cookouts and that parade would tell you it was a perfect day/night to bring their communities together, too.

Communities can be big, like Mount Eden, or small, like the Brock household, but holidays that celebrate something we all have in common certainly bring us together.

I state all of these observations because through it all, I couldn’t help but think how much Spencer County and Taylorsville could have used something like that this summer.

In the middle of a summer that seems to be more than a little taxing on morale, an event to bring our community together would have been wonderful.

A lot of good-hearted people gave it their best shot this year and it just didn’t work out – and that happens.

But I’m writing to suggest that someone (city, county, a committee of citizens) seriously start planning what a community event could mean to this area next year.

Without even mentioning tourism and any extra money spent by people who come our way on Independence Day, a fireworks display, parade or community hotdog supper, might just let us put aside our differences for one day and celebrate the thing we all have in common – we are citizens of a great nation, a free nation and I, for one, couldn’t be prouder.

No, watching some fireworks and eating a hotdog wouldn’t make our troubles go away, but a break from thinking about them might do everyone some good and could even lead to clear minds finding solutions.

Email Editor Shannon Brock at editor@spencermagnet.com.