Zamboni Reflects on Juneteenth

Today I Zamboni,  worked my miracles of question answering at the Berkeley Juneteenth festival and I have to say that even Zamboni did not know what Juneteenth was till he look it up on my  ancient apple that look like Wall-E. This from the Berkeley Juneteenth site:

The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freed slaves from southern states in rebellion against the United States during the Civil War. News of the signing did not reach Galveston, Texas until June 19, 1865.

So when these people hear the news they party and dance in the streets, thus the yearly celebration of freedom. Can you believe? Of course it wasn’t so simple- news had traveled to many places but things just simply didn’t change until armies came and forcefully enforced these proclamations in the very most backward pockets.

Zamboni thinks that perhaps change only comes when we are forced to it? What if your freedom depended on someone’s decision, signing a paper, and if you happened to miss the memo, you never would be free at all?

Freedom is a word we hear all the time- but what does this mean? Can someone grant it? Have you ever felt it?

See the old man in the rock? I spoke to him

When do you feel most free?

4 thoughts on “Zamboni Reflects on Juneteenth

  1. aww….sad thing about that old man. Did you hear the news that he fell down a few years ago. (if you didn’t hear, thats kinda funny, like your post news did not travel West for several years) For Real. Crumbled to pieces…..I loved that old man ever since child hood, when I was taken to see him overlooking Profile Lake. There is some plan to re-build him but that’s not the same he was a natural occurence. Sorry I’m so weird with my posts.. :o)

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