Celebrating American Independence at the Root of the Source

July is not only the month we celebrate our nation’s independence from Great Britain in the late 1700’s, it’s also National Family Reunion Month.  Using those two things as inspiration, our family decided to see how creative we could be by challenging ourselves to plan a vacation that would combine three aspects of those two events.  We met and plotted and planned.  The kids had their version, and somehow it always ended with a theme park visit.  My husband had his version, but it seemed to suspiciously tie into a golf tournament, and I had my ideas – which were brilliant.  But we finally decided on a plan that seemed to incorporate all three and as a result, we’re going to Scotland.  Ok, there are a few degrees of separation there, but that’s fine.  After all, the Queen of England at the time of the American Revolution was Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.  Her husband, whom she wed the day she met him, was King George who was mentored by Lord Bute.  Lord Bute was born in Scotland, so that’sconnection number one.

 

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We took a DNA test a few years ago, and to our complete surprise, found out were had 2nd through 5th cousins in Edinburgh.  So we’re connected to a family by blood. Haven’t met them, but this could be the time to make it happen.  And the third reason we chose Scotland is that golf was invented there.

It was easy to make the rest of the plans for the trip because we’re ardent Groupon shoppers.  I made my list, searched the site for deals at my go-to store, and shopped Kohls for all my vacation need in less time that it took to pack the clothes when they arrived.  I found swim wear for the kids, golf shorts and tees for my husband, and lots of separates for me to wear.  We all needed new sandals and beach accessories, and I also picked up a sleek pair of sunglasses to wear with my floppy hat.  Now we can’t wait to get started.  I’ve arranged to meet some of our Edinburgh relatives and found the perfect gift for them at Kohl’s as well.  That’s sure to be the highlight of the trip.

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