Tonight we'll be celebrating Independence Day which has come to be known as July 4th. I sometimes think that we Americans have forgotten what this day really means. I remember all of the lessons that my teachers taught. Nothing really stood out at that time. Now as an adult (Ha!) & a parent I get it. My friend Lisa's son Joe joined the US Air Force. My friend Angel's son Blake joined the Marine Corps. These 2 young men are just 2 of many. But they have decided to dedicate their life to serving & protecting. It's because of people like these young men that we can continue to celebrate our independence as Americans.
When I was growing up I remember my family having or attending backyard BBQs with friends &/or family. The dads BBQd because "back in the day" women didn't do things like handle the grilling. The moms prepared all of the foods that were going to be served throughout the day. Night fell & the fireworks came out. The young children had sparklers & thought they were awesome. The teens were the ones who lit the fireworks - cherry bombs, rockets, you name it. There was fun in the pool, tons of food & desserts to eat & just a general good ole time.
These days fireworks displays are set off in every city. Because of the danger that we now know can be involved with fireworks, parents are more careful with what they allow their children to handle but the dads remember setting them off as teens & feel compelled to continue doing so.
We live in a community that used to keep to itself except for a few isolated friendships here & there. Ever since Hurricane Wilma it seems that more & more of our neighbors are friendly. Or maybe it's just that now we have children &/or grandchildren. Tonight David will set off some fireworks like he does every year. I can't imagine our neighbors Joni & Dom G won't have their grandchildren here for the festivities. Erin's friends Matthew, Sophie, Emma, Josh & Ethan will probably all be outside having fun. I'll sit back with the parents & enjoy a wine cooler or 2.
Last year I baked some cupcakes for the kids. This year I have a new treat in mind. I may be an older teen (insert another "Ha!" here.) but I'm really looking forward to it. Now I have to go charge my camera batteries. It wouldn't be The 4th without me taking tons of pics!