Today is July 4th. I had an appointment this morning. An actual appointment. With a doctor. I’ve never had an appointment on July 4th in my life. In the US, it just isn’t done. I might have a date, or an engagement, but never an appointment. I was quite shocked when the doctor handed the little appointment card to me with July 4th written on it. Shocked, I say. I still am. I keep waiting to hear fireworks in the distance. So far, all I’ve heard is the water heater banging when I try to coax hot water from the tap. It’s all just a bit surreal for me.