Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I'm Swiss by osmosis -- and by paying many Swiss francs many years ago to earn that nationality alongside my name.
I'm not that patriotic, but I do recall that August 1st is a Swiss National Holiday.
Instead of shvitzing in this heat upstairs by the computer, I should be out there somewhere, on a hillside, lighting fireworks and marching around with Chinese lanterns.
When I was about 12 years old, I visited my great-uncle and great-aunt in Geneva, Switzerland. It was August 1st and off we traipsed somewhere in the city's outskirts, I believe, to stand on a hillside and watch the glorious colors as the sky lit up with fireworks.
Funny thing about that? I was not even Swiss then! And now, here I am Swiss, and not lighting fireworks. What's wrong with me!!!