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How to Celebrate the Fourth of July (and Stay Safe)

7 Ways to Navigate Social Distancing During the Pandemic

Independence Day is an exuberant celebration spent with friends and family. A joyous reunion that brings people together, relieving them from the recesses of their otherwise occupied schedules. What follows next is the liberation to enjoy dazzling fireworks that illuminate the night as the savory aroma of seasoned barbecue permeates the air. This momentous occasion, known as the Fourth of July, is synonymous with lively festivities and expressive décor stitched in the colors red, white, and blue that we’ve come to associate with the euphoric meaning of freedom and togetherness.  

Sisters, can you hear it? The melodic sound of laughter over a warm exchange of stories, an experience shared amongst a sisterhood that transcends beyond a mere gathering. The knowing smiles of relatives whose dynamic may be perceived as unorthodox to those whose understanding is limited to external perceptions. The distinct sizzle of roasting on the grill as savory scents mingle with the pungent odor of smoke that perforates the sky. The pattering of small footprints against the grass as the chime of giggling children resonates within the soul. 

The Fourth of July holiday is a chance to be amongst loved ones who fill your heart with fondness; “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). God wants us to remember that it is not just the moments that make the memories last forever but the people we share them with. The moments that produce a profound abundance of joy, however fleeting they may be, can, therefore, strengthen one’s bond to another. It is then that those moments, when shared with loved ones, metamorphose into everlasting memories that we imprint into our minds. Almost like a mental photo album. The recollection of the past that, when brought about during social events, may generate a bray of laughter that attracts curious glances from those other than our friends.

Now, more than ever, as we navigate the current pandemic, those bittersweet memories and pivotal movements should be recalled with a relentless persistence so our sisters do not succumb to loneliness. Some may see that continuously managing relationships during quarantine is a laborious task due to a lack of physical interaction. However, the long hours that we spend at home can be used to help us reflect on how meaningful our friendships are to us. 

Ladies, do you remember the lingering ache of your arms and how sore your feet were after walking what felt like miles with the handles of shopping bags digging into the crease of your elbows? The pace of your strides beginning to falter as you slowly strut alongside your friends who shoulder similar loads as you. Then, gradually regaining the circulation in your arms after reaching the car, and welcoming the cushion of the seat on your back while letting out a sigh mixed with exhaustion, relief, and satisfaction. Of course, you do – we have all been there! These are the moments that we treasure most because cherished memories are a gift to remember. The ones that mix both the bitterness of unpredictable circumstance and the sweetness of sharing that experience with someone else. Memories that become even more meaningful when shared with those that we care about and whose lively nature sparks the sudden realization that we are not alone after all.

This Independence Day, July 4, 2020, serves as a reminder of past celebrations, whether they were spent launching fireworks along the riverbankwith friends, or simply observing the vibrant illuminations from the comforts of your own home. Indulging in enjoyable recollections of past events may be pleasant, but for many of us, being quarantined is a new experience that may garner unwanted thoughts. Have you ever wondered what will happen if you shift your mindset to stop lingering so much in the past and create your memories? To stop relying so heavily on the past to maintain a constant state of happiness when you could create it on your own? For some, this Fourth of July is a distressing reminder of our isolation, but it doesn’t have to be. Staying connected is especially important when managing relationships during quarantine, so our WTAL sisters have compiled some thoughtful tips, consider this WTAL relationship advice, to help you navigate social distancing this Fourth of July (and the rest of summer).

7 Ways to Navigate Social Distancing This Fourth of July:

  • Consider partaking in a drive-by style parade. Whether Independence Day or any upcoming summer celebration, invite your sisters to decorate their cars with balloons and festive décor, while you drive through the city together.
  • There’s no time like FaceTime with loved ones. Remember that when all is said and done, despite having to socially distance from one another, there will be a time to envelop them in a blissful embrace.
  • Instead of triggering a somber memory of sampling the savory barbecue prepared by your estranged uncle, coax yourself into embarking on this endeavor of attempting to make it yourself. 
  • Take a day to try new recipes with friends and share your culinary skills over Google Meet. What better way to manage relationships during quarantine than by bonding (virtually) over delicious food, as you strengthen that feeling of togetherness each step of the way.
  • Write a letter to someone that expresses how life has been progressing this summer and add in the multitude of adventures you want to experience with them as a result. 
  • Suggest a new show to watch along with your friends and family, designate days to sync up for an animated discussion or playful banter, and binge episodes while commenting on your favorite (and least favorite) scenes over your virtual conference platform of choice.
  • Lastly, if you decide to gather with your friends, we encourage you to please adhere to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for social distancing best practices designed to keep you and others safe during this pandemic.

Ladies, never let the thought of staying socially distant hinder your ability to preserve meaningful relationships, especially when staying home is simultaneously helping the community. Treasure the people that make every day seem like the dawn of new possibilities because God wants us to remember that “sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like anointing oils that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence” (Proverbs 27:9). We will get through this together! 

We cannot wait to see all of our sisters coming together from around the world at next summer’s Woman Thou Art Loosed: Homecoming conference from August 5-7, 2021! This grand finale in Atlanta, Georgia, is the perfect opportunity to meet fellow empowered women and make new friends (read: family) that will inspire you along your life’s journey.

In the meantime, tell us how you’re navigating social distancing and managing relationships during quarantine in the comment section down below. We hope that our WTAL relationship advice will empower you to make even stronger connections.


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