He Wants You to Celebrate Freedom

The Wilcox family lived nearly 10 years in our old apartment, located in San Diego’s University Heights neighborhood. Except briefly for one or two bad rain storms, the small window by the front door stayed open all the time—day and night, year-round, cold or hot weather. Neko took dominion of the location’s red IKEA Lack table, from which he would look out or sit upon lounging—as he does in the Featured Image. I used Fujifilm FinePix X100 to take the portrait, on June 19, 2013. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/2.8, ISO 320, 1/60 sec, 35mm (film equivalent); 7:11 a.m. PDT.

Who could guess eight years ago that the date would become a Federal holiday? Today, President Joseph Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States (1865). Because June 19 falls on a Saturday in 2021, first celebration is tomorrow; woo hoo, for Federal workers wanting paid leave for Father’s Day weekend.