Welcome to Friday with Friends….and thoughts/memories about Fourth of July. I hope you will join us – other friends that are talking together today are: Miss Debbie, Giggles, Mama Hen, Debbie (see my comments)..and maybe you.
I so want to share my favorite picture of all time (or at least, in the top two or three…) but the scanner is acting weird. Apparently it is low on ink but I don’t want to print anything so why can’t I simply scan?? And didn’t I just get new ink? So frustrating – but off the point. As soon as I figure it out, though, I will include the picture.
What do I remember about Fourth of July as a kid? The usual – cookouts, fireworks – but especially “snakes”…do you remember these fireworks? They were basically a smoke bomb of sorts that uncoiled after it was lit, creating tons of smoke and leaving a dark black burn spot on the sidewalk where you lit it. Those black spots drove my dad crazy. He was not a fan of the snakes!
One particularly fun Fourth celebration, for me, was 1976….the nation’s big birthday! Although we have always lived outside of the Nation’s Capitol, we never joined the millions who headed downtown for the festivities. My folks were just not up for the madness – but our neighbors and good friends were:) And they took me along to celebrate this particular year. I had the best time. I felt so much older than my fourteen years – at least, 18 or 21:) – and was in awe of the crowds…and I do mean crowds…not to mention the fireworks were way more than over the top!
But my favorite Fourth memory will always be July 2006…the month before Tyler died. Of course, we had no idea that it was literally just weeks before Tyler would leave us and, although, he had certainly been sick…this day he was feeling great! He was thrilled to have friends over for the usual cookout and for all of us to go to the neighborhood school to watch fireworks. We navigated the wheelchair even through a field., had a perfect, clear night but, mostly, we were all together and just happy! And Tyler was happy:) He was leaving for camp in just two days and we were all excited about that! It truly was one of those evenings – one of those moments in life – that are just a gift from God…not necessarily planned but given to you as a gift. And it is a gift I will always treasure.
Now – I can’t forget about the giveaway. I have to admit, I had a lot of fun with this. I just might be doing this again:) And so glad to meet two new friends, to hear from one friend that I’ve missed for quite awhile, and to enjoy everyone’s comments. So, I put all the names in a hat (I let my brother draw a name) and the winner is
Congrats, friend. And thanks to everyone else for joining the fun…don’t you just wish everyone could win:)