Growing up this was a special holiday. Partly because my father was career Air Force. That tends to make you patriotic.
I have great memories of sparklers and bottle rockets in the back yard followed in later years by attending large displays on bases or in towns.
Who doesn’t get a lump in his/her throat at the Star Spangled Banner played by a band while fireworks explode? Pretty awesome.
I’m patriotic, but not blindly so. Blind patriotism leads to demagoguery. (IMHO) Our country isn’t perfect. In fact, it could be a whole lot better, but only if people are willing to work together and stop hating those who are different. Remember, this country was built by those who are different.
Blind patriotism is part of what led Great Britain to vote to leave the EU. An act that will have far reaching consequences, not just for those in Europe and GB, but here, too. Many of us have already lost money in our retirement accounts.
Over and above the money is the fact we’re already one world and have been for a long time. When Hemingway wrote, “No man is an island,” it was true then but so much more so today.
Bob & grands getting in Charley the Boat last 4th. Monday, the kids, spouses, grands & friends will show up at our Lakehouse and my SIL Kevin will grill hamburgers. Everyone will bring something to share. We’ll have too much food, but that’s part of the holiday.
It’s supposed to hit 100 on Sunday, so I expect Monday will also be a scorcher. Last year, I nearly passed out from the heat, trying to be a good hostess and stay outside with the guests. Because of my ankle, I have a great excuse to stay inside and enjoy our friends, family, and great view. My favorite spot in the yard with my friend Julie Miers.
How do you celebrate this holiday (or for my friends in Canada and Great Britain something similar)? What’s your favorite food to grill out?
Author Update: Tuesday, I actually pulled out the next book, THE THEATRE, and continued the arduous task of Margieizing it. I began this work last March when Margie Lawson came to our NTRWA Writing Conference.
But you know then, life happened: get the house ready to sell, throwing out, selling, giving away stuff, open houses, finishing the remodeling of the lakehouse (with all of a thousand details), selling the house, moving, breaking my ankle, surgery, Bob’s cataract surgery….(which was hugely successful!) So, I hadn’t looked at the book since last March. My goal of releasing it this summer is pretty much off the table. 🙂 But all is good.
Hope you can stay cool over the weekend. Love to hear from you.