shuttered and unplugged

When I was a boy, the priest, my uncle,
carefully inculcated upon me this proverb,
which I then learned and have ever since kept in my mind:
‘Dico tibi verum, Libertas optima rerum; Nunquam servili, sub nexu vivito, fili.’
‘I tell you a truth:
Liberty is the best of things, my son;
never live under any slavish bond.’

William Wallace

(the shuttered windows and doors at the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
Julie Cook / 2015)

Over the course of the following week I will be in and out of blog land—and Β more out
than in…
for you see…
for the first time in history….
my husband is shuttering his business this holiday week in order that he and his employees
may all actually be off at the same time…
allowing everyone to enjoy a holiday’s festivities all at the same time.

And in light of this momentous occasion, I will disconnect myself from my electronics,
as it were,
in order to be more focused and more attuned to his first real taste of of freedom
in many many years….

May we all give pause this special July 4th week to remember why we are allowed the freedom
to enjoy such a special time of celebration…

And I will leave you with the immortal words of William Wallace ….


I always showed myself in the face of day,
asserting the liberty and independence of my country,
while some others, like owls,
courted concealment and were too much afraid of losing their roosts to leave
them for such a cause.

William Wallace

13 comments on “shuttered and unplugged

  1. says:

    Have a grand holiday and enjoy your freedom!

  2. phyllissnipes says:

    Hallelujah! Seize the day! (Week!!!)

  3. Lynda says:

    Enjoy your vacation! Interestingly, my daughter and family are moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the end of the summer. A long drive for a visit! 😦 I guess I’ll be flying.

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Have a great time with hubby as a top priority.

  5. Yay team!!! I’m so happy for you guys!!! Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! Love and hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. Wally Fry says:

    See you when you get back!

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