Here we are today, celebrating our becoming Independent,
A country standing on its own two feet.
Not being ruled by another or told what to do, able to sort it out for ourselves.
Are we ready now to move on beyond adolescence to adulthood?
Or are we still so taken with this newfound freedom
(How old are we really?)
that we cannot recognize/appreciate the strength of connection?
We are a country made up of differences
Or so we think.
It’s the sameness actually
And our ability to see that in each other
That makes us truly independent!