For some people, summer begins on July 4th. That's it! The days are hot and long, the beach becomes a daily haunt, it's time for families and burgers on the grill, and summertime camping, and the best of all seasons.
For others, July 4th is about patriotism, and independence, on a national level and on a personal level.
For others, it's just another day in a series of summer days. If there are fireworks, well, all the better.
And for others, it's the start of a long stretch of days that might be fun, but are difficult to manage, between kids and jobs and camp and day care and a paycheck that never quite stretches far enough.
What does Independence Day mean to you? Is it the gateway to summer, or the beginning of a long, hot headache? Is it the nation's birthday, a symbol of personal freedom, or something quite different?
We'd love to hear what Independence Day means to you!
The Moms Talk will be on the site all week, so if you need to take some time to think about your answer, that's OK.