Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Sure Signs of July in Eastport
The second is my annual picture of the Lupine that are covering the island. Unlike the parade, it is a spectacle I look forward to and enjoy very much. I can never quite believe the extent of it. I took several pictures today, as if every field or woods would show something different. It only seems like each display is more extensive and beautiful than the one before. Besides, pictures don't portray the magnitude of the lupine show.
It's hard to get behind the big fourth of July hoopla, since my patriotism leaves a lot to be desired. As a child I remember tearing up when I heard the Star Spangled Banner, feeling that knee-jerk patriotism we all acquire in public school. Perhaps (though I doubt it) at some point this country deserved our pride and loyalty, but at this point, if I could, I would jump across the boarder to Canada and never come back. I can see Canada from my windows, and my ancestors came from there. My embarrassment at being American is most likely an over-reaction, but this country is such a big bully it's impossible to be proud.