The Fourth of July is my fourth favorite holiday. I’m not going to elaborate on my reasoning for it being my fourth favorite holiday, but I thought the sweet-sounding coincidence of having the “Fourth” be my “fourth” favorite holiday would entice you enough to read this post. If I have garnered your attention in any way up to this point, I encourage you to continue reading for an account of the unique way in which I celebrated Independence Day!
Contrary to what the title of this post might suggest, there was no chanting of “USA! USA! USA!” at the celebration I attended. Nonetheless, there was a plethora of American-style food and beverage that more than satisfied my desire for a taste of home. I had an “Ultimate” cheeseburger (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, & ketchup), french fries, a slice of old fashioned apple pie, and chocolate-dipped ice cream on a stick. Every bite of each item felt life-changing. Now, I’m not sure if the splendor with which I enjoyed the food was due to the actual cooking or if it was due to my hiatus from American food. Either way, I had a FAAANTASTIC time eating all that my heart desired.
I went with two fellow interns. All of this took place at the ACSA (American Community Support Association) portion of the US Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday, July 1. I would venture a guess that it was on July 1 for either safety reasons or because July 4 was on a weekday. It was an event solely for US citizens and security was tight. I felt fairly special, if I’m telling y’all the truth. There was even a big ball field (I presume they play games during other events) where a stage was placed, chairs were all over, and the cooking/food was adjacent to the field. By the time we arrived, the rain had brought everyone inside, including the band. The food was still outside amongst the humid, 115 degree heat index, but that area was covered. They had their priorities straight. PROTECT THE FOOD!
After traversing the complex and exchanging my INR (Indian rupees) for food and beverage coupons, I found the party room. There was good, live music (“Sweet Caroline”, “New York, New York”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Sweet Home Alabama”) and an atmosphere that instantly made me incredibly happy. It was the same kind of instant happiness that comes when I’m at the Iowa State Fair (I know only a few of you will understand where I’m coming from). Although the rain petered out the possibility for fireworks, that atmosphere made up for it.
After thoroughly enjoying ourselves, I pulled out my handy-dandy American flag and posed for some hunky-dory photos (what is up with my vocabulary right now??). I’ll add those to this page soon. All things considered, it was a special and wonderful way to celebrate our Independence.
Later in the week, on July 4, some employees at the foundation wished me a happy Independence Day! It was rather unexpected, but it gave me a real sense of pride. I don’t know if that’s strange or not, but I felt PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I’M FREE. Sorry, it’s in all caps because I read it to the tune of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” 😂 Anyway, I thanked them and thought to myself that the Fourth of July may just have to move up a couple of spots on my list of favorite holidays. So, I did exactly that. I moved it up past Thanksgiving for it to claim the fourth spot. It made for a great blog excerpt and a well-rounded post. 😁
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more. Peace and blessings.