Happy 4th of July!
Yeah! We are back to celebrating July 4th again! Hello from Southern CA. I’m writing today from Bruce’s house in Glendale, CA. We will be here for a week celebrating the July 4th week and weekend…getting back to the normal we knew pre-pandemic.
July 4th will not only be a celebration of our nation, but also the first holiday we can celebrate together since the pandemic. With the success of the COVID vaccines halting the spread of the virus, most of us are returning to a normal life in varying degrees.
However, life is not quite normal yet. As my long time Musing readers know, we generally celebrate July 4th in a big way. This all started growing up in MS - My dad’s birthday is July 4th and he was proud to celebrate every Independence Day with a giant party. The day was always about his special barbeque and lots of fireworks….and Chinese families throughout the MS Delta showed up for the celebrations and the many tables of Mahjong too.
The party became a not-to-miss event when we moved into our first home after living behind the store during my junior year of high school. Our home was in the country (we weren’t allowed to buy property in town) on 2 acres…lots of room for many cars to park, have big parties, and shoot fireworks! After my dad died, the party continued without a break because my eldest granddaughter Micaela was born on July 4 and my youngest daughter Dana and her husband Kenji were married on July 4 as well.
Flash forward to 2020…this year we wanted to resume celebrating. However, we initially thought we should only celebrate with the immediate family of 10. As more and more got vaccinated, the guidelines became more relaxed. We now will have just close family…my kids, sisters, brother and their kids plus a few close cousins….that should keep the group to about 40 and all will be vaccinated except for the little ones. Fortunately, Lise and Bruce’s home has a huge patio with a lovely view….perfect for a large outdoor barbeque party. We used to have almost a 100 pre-pandemic. Forecast is to be perfect southern CA weather. Family is coming down from SF; flying in from Dallas and Seattle. I’m so excited since we haven’t seen each other since 2019!!
When we first arrived, we were greeted immediately by Cole, our grandson and of course, Ella the dog. I knew Cole had a real growth spurt during Covid…but I was still shocked by this now tall, handsome, and lanky dude. I still remembered him as cute, little Cole. Even though I saw him on our weekly zoom calls, the change was not so apparent. Later this week, as my other grandchildren and little nieces and nephews arrive, I’m sure to have more pleasant surprises.
Margaret with Cole and Ella
Everyone I know was celebrating their lives returning to some form of normal… until the collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Fl. Initially, we were all filled with hope that many could be rescued. Hope turned to sorrow as the constant news coverage pointed to few survivors. While I‘m sure there will be many reasons for the collapse, the recent reports indicate a key failure to maintain the building consistently due to the costs. For sure, the failure of the building is an enormous human tragedy for which there is no price tag.
Which leads me to think about the importance of maintenance and how critical it is in all aspects of life…from our health, to our bodies, to our homes and to our financials. And to our roads, bridges and waterways. Nothing can be ignored or forgotten without consequences. Think if you never went to the dentist, no matter how much you brushed your teeth. Think how critical airplane maintenance is to your safety.
There’s a good reason to review your financial plan regularly with the Starner Group. And for sure, the pandemic and now the sudden death of many from the collapse of the Surfside Condo, is a reminder to have your estate plan up-to-date. And given the potential changes in the tax laws, a review and update of your estate plan makes a review more important. Scott, Bruce, I, and the entire Starner Group team are always here and available. We have even seen a few of you in person already!
Happy July 4th to all of you and I will be sure to report on our family celebration.
Margaret C. Starner
Senior VP - Financial Planning
2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Suite 500
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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