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Freedom, fireworks and the Watermelon 5k

No matter what the great citizens of this land may disagree about, we can all agree on how much we love fireworks and how grateful we are for freedom.

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Joel Hunter, MD
Joel Hunter, MD
Refractive Surgeon, Hunter Vision Updated 05/08/17 1:32 PM

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What American doesn’t love the Fourth of July? Not one American, that’s who. No matter what the great citizens of this land may disagree about, we can all agree on how much we love fireworks and how grateful we are for freedom.

As a quick aside, a few folks with an aversion to loud noises may not like the big, booming explosions, but in my experience those people have a heightened sense of joy about sparklers. When you lose one sense, another becomes more acute. This is science; there’s no way to prove my fireworks theory isn’t true, probably.

In any event, a warm summer day off doing something fun followed by a warm midsummer night, dreamy with glowing lights celebrating one of our greatest gifts with the people we love, well… it just makes you happy in one of those deep, hard-to-express ways. This holiday is what a smile would look like if it could become a day.

Hunter Vision gets to host the Watermelon 5k each year to celebrate America and freedom (and watermelons). Somewhat impossibly, it has made the holiday even sweeter for me. Watching the event unfold as a result of dozens of people’s hard work and thousands of people’s (very impressive) desire to run a race to celebrate the day, is one of my favorite times all year.

Everyone who works at Hunter Vision loves the Watermelon 5k. We all really like this happy clinic we work at each day, and it is a fun opportunity to spread the vibe we get to live in here to a couple thousand people at a big, ridiculous celebration. It’s great if people see the words “freedom of sight” and decide to ditch their glasses and contacts with us. Truly. And I suppose that’s a lot of the reason for a Hunter Vision Watermelon 5k. But I honestly mean it that sharing in a cheer-filled, laugh-out-loud, joyful time with family, friends, and neighbors is what I look forward to each year—that and the man that dances around in a watermelon costume.

See you there!


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