Codependence Day: In Celebration of a Long and Beautiful Friendship
Being English in America is a rather strange experience come July 4th. After all the whole union is busy inviting each other to barbecues, waving flags, setting off fireworks, and rather ironically singing "This Land Is Your Land" in celebration of the declaration of independence from of us Brits back in 1776. As you can imagine, attending one of these affairs feels like being Guy Fawkes at a bonfire (which is the anniversary we Brits save our fireworks for).
A relationship that has lasted, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, for 231 years after it was officially annulled hardly smacks of independence. Like a divorced couple who still can't break the ties, the lives of Britain and America remain intertwined. I would argue that July 4th doesn't really mark independence at all, but a transformation of the relationship, bringing a greater choice into the equation. It's like now Britain and America aren't forced to live together they find they seek out each other's company because they actually want to hang out. And so, as we head towards two and a half centuries since our two great nations' relationship was last redefined, we should define it again, get real, and start celebrating American and British Codependence Day.
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