In honor of Fourth of July, America's Independence Day, I'm honoring American Things We (I) Love:
American Flag Clothing.
Our 4th grade class had the honor/responsibility of raising and lowering the school's flag every day, and we were given very clear instructions:
Don't drop it.
Don't let it touch the ground.
Don't hang it upside down.
Here are a litany of other rules about the flag, most notably "The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations."
I'm not sure how flag bikinis, shorts, do-rags and Tommy Hilfiger found the loophole here, since one might argue that having the American flag on your butt is worse than letting it drop or touch the ground, but we're all pretty glad they did, right?
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!