July represents fun times with family and friends, and celebrating our Independence Day.
Let me introduce my four children: three daughters and one son; two biological and two different species. All four kiddos bring joy, challenges, hugs, love and exhaustion. Most important of all, they teach me patience, kindness, gentleness and unconditional love.
Celebrating Independence Day is more than barbecue parties and fireworks. It’s a moment to reflect on the attributes that make our nation unique and strong. Our selfless service men and women, risk their lives, so we can enjoy the freedom of democracy. Our country is unique, because we are a nation of immigrants. Pittsburgh enjoys delicious pierogis, because of the Eastern European immigrants. The recently retired CEO of Pepsi, Indra Nooyi, emigrated from India. After retirement, Ms. Nooyi continues to speak at events and inspire people to pursue their dreams. Because of our country’s rich heritage and strong democracy, I am able to run for USC School Board, as an Indian, Zimbabwean, American woman of color.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman confirmed to the Supreme Court, is a hero. Despite all the prejudice she faced as a lawyer, she diligently pursued her calling in life. She changed laws to give equal opportunities to men and women. Justice Ginsburg changed law so men could be nurses or care takers of their children, and women could be lawyers or attend Virginia Military Institute. Because of Justice Ginsburg, I can have a professional finance career. Because of Justice Ginsburg, I can expect equal pay. Justice Ginsburg embodies the American spirit of independent thinking, hard work, and providing equal opportunities to all people regardless of race or gender.
Celebrating Independence Day is personally meaningful to me. It symbolizes hope, freedom, and equality for all.
Be Safe : July is filled with fire-based activities. Be mindful and fully aware of surroundings when camping and cooking with open fires, barbecue parties, and fireworks.
Kindness Matters : As a gentle reminder, young children, pets and combat veterans are terrified by fireworks. Let’s respect our community members, and avoid fireworks in neighborhoods especially late at night.
Call To Action : In our everyday lives, we’ll come across service men and women. Let’s challenge ourselves to talk to them, shake their hands, or even buy a drink or dinner for them. The delighted surprise on their face is priceless.
May The “Fourth” Be With You!