The art of life lies in constant readjustment to our surroundings.
So, with the haying season on hold because of rain, rain and more rain, I had found myself in unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances. I was in the city far away from the farm and enjoying a time of leisure. Yes, that in itself was very unfamiliar to me, at least for this time of year. There was to be no haying for a while, so I had taken advantage of the situation, and went to see what others do while I would normally be baling in the hay fields.
Well the city of Hamilton Ontario threw a big holiday bash celebrating July 1st our Canada Day, a birthday party for our country. There were lots of sights to see from high atop the mountain. Off in every direction and as far as you could see, on a perfectly clear night, there were fireworks going off. The sky was filled with lights and flashes.
A steel plant, where workers were still working hard inside, and a beautiful steady flame shooting high in the sky from its smoke stack, reminded us all that our country was built on hard work, and the belief that this would keep us strong. Looking over that city filled with tiny houses where generations had worked, and still work very hard, all living their lives and still some may struggle. Houses lined up in a row as far as you could see, where everyone was celebrating our freedoms. It was a truly beautiful sight.
All I could hear was the popping of the fireworks and the sound of a happy crowd oohing and aaahhing. There was a crowd of the very young, the very old and everyone in between standing with me, everyone celebrating a country that we all love, and enjoying every minute.
I thought about where I would normally have been celebrating this holiday, if not for the weather back home. I would have probably been sitting at the kitchen window on the farm. After a long hard day of work, baling hay on the land, I would have been dragging myself off to bed before the fireworks seen off in the distance, and all that celebrating had ended.
Sometimes, you just have to stop working and get out and surround yourself with others and see what we are truly working so hard for and celebrate that. That was finally my opportunity to celebrate the people that work so hard for what we have.
Thank you Hamilton for showing me, something which I have always believed; that being, that if we all continue to work hard, respect each other and never forget how, why, who and what was sacrificed to get us all here, we will always be able to celebrate and are all going to be just fine all together.