The Fragrance of Freedom


“Did I hear someone say, Liberty?”

What does FREEDOM mean to you?  And Liberty? Freedom is personal.  So is our liberty.  It is civil.  Isn't that liberty?  It is political.  Yes, liberty reigns.  It is religious.  Yes, liberty to worship.

The United States Constitution records the five freedoms we have the privilege of exercising every day.  We the people are blest to have freedoms that were given to us not without a cost! The Freedom of Religion. The Freedom of Speech. The Freedom of the Press. The Freedom to Assemble Peaceably. And the last listed freedom is that `Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.’

Recently my Mr. Coffey and I were invited to a “Dancing on Injustice” celebration honoring Hunter Anne Stoner and her new endeavor of working as an Intern for Liberty Council in Washington, D. C.  I was amazed at the young Americans who stood to express their wishes to her and send her off with a challenge to stand for our freedoms and liberties. 

My husband, Lee, and I sat at a table with a Young Republican high school graduate who prayed the invocation for the Dancing on Injustice Gathering.  As we talked with Triston Ferguson, we knew the flag of freedom and our future looked promising in the hands of those who honor the past, who are learning in the present and looking with anticipation to the future.  Thank You to the other Hunter Annes and Tristons, and the other students of this era, who are taking advantage of the five freedoms the United States Constitution gives to those who call this land, Our Land.  Thank You! Thank You!

Thank you for standing for Freedom! Thank you for “Dancing on Injustice.”  (Ellen Judy-Heather Stoner).  Thank you for taking up the cause for “Liberty” and “Justice” two other words for Freedom. 

Do you remember the words to this song?  

“The Star-Spangled Banner”

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thro’ the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming. 

And the rockets’ red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

As I listened to the heartbeat spoken aloud of these young freedom fighters, Hunter Anne, Triston and others, present at the Dancing on Injustice gathering, I begin to smell freedom and to list the Fragrance of Freedoms that we enjoy.  Perhaps you will add to this list or let me suggest that the list making becomes a “mid-summer project” for your household. 

#1.  The fragrance of peaceful neighborhoods

#2.  Of freshly cut grass 

#3.  The smell of the smoke from the Bar-B-Q grill

#4.  The smell of little bare feet 

#5.  The smell of swimming pools

#6.  The smell of the lake filled with fresh water fish

#7.  The smell of rain hitting the hot cement

#8.  The aroma of the Farmer’s Market

#9.  The fragrance of freshly shucked corn

#10. The smell of watermelon just split in two

#11. The lingering smell of your favorite suntan lotion

#12. The smell of baked beans and hot dogs with mustard

#13. The smell of the desert after a summer storm

#14. The fragrance of something new

#15. The smell of a new book

#16. The smell of a freshly sharpen pencil

#17. And oh, the smell of a box of crayons

#18. The capturing fragrance of fireworks

#19. The intense heat of August refreshed with a storm

#20. Can anyone like the smell of wet hair after a swim?

#21. The aroma of crawfish from last springtime’s catch

#22. Grandmother’s 1,2,3, Pound Cake that weighs 3 pounds

#23. Becky’s fresh baked bread

#24. The fragrance of a house with freshly waxed hardwoods

#25. The stark smell of a new car

#26. The old car freshly waxed - smells new

#27. The musty smell of the antique store stirs memories

#28. The kumquat freshly squeezed into the iced tea

#29. The jasmine blossom gently rubbed in your hands

#30. The smell of everyone at the summer events

#31. The fragrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Have you noticed that we don’t want to recall the smell of death and war and the cost of freedom?  However, we choose to allow our senses to recall the freedoms purchased.



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