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A Simple Fourth Of July Wish

Years ago I wanted to have my yard celebrate the Fourth of July.  So I planted clematis under the deck, getting as close as I could to red, white and blue.

And, so I offer this metaphor as a simple Fourth of July wish. 

I planted them, have cared for them, nourished them, protected them, and aided them, and responding they have done their part and grown and developed into beautiful plants, offering their flowers to me in return as a reward for my faith, and diligence and love.

As these flowers seek to grow and develop and use their God-given freedoms to their advantage, so should we, using our God-given freedoms to grow and develop, looking to defend our Constitutionally-protected, self-evident, "endowed by our Creator" freedoms from all threats, foreign and domestic.  That is ALL threats, foreign and domestic.

As we seek to grow and develop, nourishing our freedoms as Americans always have, we too will be rewarded by the Giver of those endowed freedoms further protection and nourishment, and our rewards will be sweet, and beautiful, and will return self-evident, inalienable benefits to us year after year after year.  This is America The Beautiful.  This is the Land Bountiful in so many ways.  Let's keep it so.

THIS IS TO WISH A HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 30 commentsJay Markanich • July 04 2013 04:10AM

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Oh that is cool. So glad you could get the colors to work. Happy 4th of July, Jay.  Enjoy the day.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Going to the Iwo Jima Monument, Debbie!  The best place in town to see the fireworks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

Those are really neat to have. I bet it took a hile for them to mature to the size they are today.

Have a wonderful Fourth Of July in Bristow my friend.

American Flag.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

They have done their part Clint!  Clematis is a very fast-growing plant and will do this in one year!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, that is beautiful! What a great idea that was. Have a wonderful 4th of July, stay safe and have tons of fun! 

He might have been off by 2 days, but he sure got it right. 

Letter to Abigail Adams from John Adams, July 3, 1776

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

I love that quote Andrea!  He thought July 2 because all but a couple of delegates had signed the Declaration by July 2.  The final three did so on July 4, hence our celebration.  But he really hit the nail on the head.

Those signers all paid a huge price, individually and collectively, for what they did.  And they were the MINORITY in the whole process!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

To speak further Andrea, I am so impressed by the symbolism and history surrounding John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on July 4, exactly 50 years from the signing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Well said Jay!

The coolest fireworks display I have ever seen was in DC, we sat on the grass in front of the Washington Monument and watched the fireworks with that and the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop. Can't get much more patriotic than that! Have a great 4th Jay!!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

Thanks Fred.  From the Iwo Monument the fireworks are great, but also, the cemetery is there, Lee's Mansion, the Bell Tower, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Marine band, a Marine rifle ceremony, and my grilled chicken.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Happy 4th to you and your family, and many more. I also think the Jefferson Adams date is very intriguing. I think the quote says that Adams, Knowing he was dying said "the country is ok as long as Jefferson was still around." I'm paraphrasing of course. 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) over 7 years ago

As he died, Scott, Adams said, "Jefferson survives!", not knowing he had expired a couple of hours prior.

During their political careers they were great friends, but also political enemies, but subsequently became different friends from afar, communicating via letters.  I have a book with those letters, and it is an interesting view into their personas.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, Happy Fourth to you!  Adams and Jefferson are my two favorite historical figures and I constantly marvel at their vision.  Favorite musical?  1776, of course! 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago

I really like the metaphor Jay.

Enjoy this day my friend.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Thanks Susan.  What a duo!  They make interesting history together.

And thank you Tom.  Hope to!  It looks like raino.  That won't stop my grill, but it might prevent us from going the 35 miles to the fireworks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I guess I need to plant some clematis! They look great! Thanks for sharing your thoughts today, Jay. Ben Franklin said "Where liberty dwells, there is my country!". We have a lot to be thankful for.

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 7 years ago

They're easy Tom.  Pretty much plant, trim, nourish and water when needed.  Hard to kill!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Beautiful arrangement and a great wish.  Happy 4th of July.  Enjoy.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Thanks Rob.  It is a beautiful arrangement.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay...what a cool idea.  I am going tell my wife about this and do something also

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Thanks William.  It's sort of a red/purple, but it works for me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Happy 4th of July. Hope you have a safe and insane celebration.

I think your metaphor will be lost on many or all they will see is how the plants depend on you at the start and not what they produced for you. (Missing the part where the plants become productive members of your garden.)

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 7 years ago

That's the part that must be strived for Than!  What was it that Jefferson meant when he said the liberty tree is fed from time to time with the blood of patriots?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, another piece of history, seems that there is real debate, it may not have been signed until August. But who can say. Franklin, Adams & Jefferson did say otherwise, but historians believe it not true. 

I believe it is amazing they both died the very same day, after all their trials and tribulations with each other. 

Also, a bit of trivia, one of my business partners is a direct descendant of John Adams. How about that!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Now why would they do that Andrea, and disallow us the 4th of July holiday?   ;>)

Very cool about the descendent!

I am a direct descendent of this guy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zadok_Magruder

Which makes me a bona fide Son of the American Revolution.  Now you know where I get my "don't tread on me" attitude!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Very cool Jay, mine aren't in Wikipedia, but they were in the Revolutionary War and Civil War. I was very lucky, some industrious relative put it all online. Most of them were from PA, immigrated here in 1698. Some day I hope to go to PA and see a few graves... and there is a cabin that is on some public school grounds that was built by the family. 

Zadok is a very cool name!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

He was Scotch, but the name is Hebrew, which his parents probably got from the Bible.  It means "just," or "righteous."  Our original last name was MacGregor, but it was taken away because of a conflict with the Campbells.  Magruder was one of the resulting names.  Zadok and his brother got the Maryland State Assembly to give the name MacGregor back.  My recent tree says MacGregor - mother and grandmother.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Morning Jay foreign and domestic says it all.  Lately it has been hard to distinguish between the two.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 7 years ago

My point exactly James.  You picked up on that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Awww....ours are only purple of course...beautiful sentiment...lovely display ...all the best of the weekend to come !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Thanks Guys!  Working this weekend, as usual.

Kick a little dog today ... just to show you're back!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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