I hope the Fourth of July was everything you hoped it would be. Whether you celebrated at a lake, ball field, zoo or park, I trust is was a good time. There were many flags flown and fireworks shown. During it all, it was grand to see many families observing Independence Day for what it is.

Growing up I was raised in a home that honored God and Country. We flew the flag and always stood for our national anthem whether it be live or on television. My parents did not preach about patriotism. They led by example.

My sister and I were taught right from wrong and when we were in trouble we had to be accountable. Simpler times, some say? Maybe. Bicycles were our only form of transportation as kids and we would not have even thought about asking for ride if we could go by foot or bike. Dairy Queen was a treat and going to see a movie was a privilege.

I know that these changing times do not mean that we don’t have responsible kids today. I see hard working families everyday at the zoo. We might eat out more in today’s world. Perhaps there are more opportunities and the means in which to participate in vacations, excursions, and really cool adventures. Let us not forget that the simple times are sometimes the most precious as well.

Spending time with our families is still the core of all that is good in our country, whether it is sitting at John Randall Field and watching a spectacular display on the Fourth of July, fishing off the pier at Kidder Recreation, or telling a bedtime story. Values at their best are the ones demonstrated daily.

God Bless,

Kathy

Kathy Diekman, director of Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton

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