"Freedom isn't Free" is making the rounds, as it does every Veteran's Day, and I'm reminded of how grateful I am that there are people willing and able to serve our country to preserve and protect the freedoms that we value so much. (And so grateful that I'm not one of those people. My strengths and inclinations do not lie that way at all.) So very thankful for those freedoms, so thankful for the sacrifices that have made them possible.
I saw this quote on a friend's Facebook page today:
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."
- John Adams in a Letter to Abigail Adams (12 May 1780)
So much truth there (though of course today I'd amend it to include sons and daughters). So thankful that I and my children have that right to study poetry and the other arts. That freedom has enriched my life more than I can express.