Priorities change. These days, the upcoming Fourth of July makes me think I need to buy red geraniums and red, white, and blue ribbon instead of fireworks. Ribbon and flowers are a lot easier on our dog's nerves.
Fireworks kind of lost their novelty when we lived close to Six Flags for two years. We had a firework show over our condo every single night of summer.
But I do fondly remember a time when we kids waited all day to go to a big park, lie on the top of our family station wagon and watch the spectacular firework show. Everyone who was anyone (in our neighborhood) was there. That's why it took forever to drive home.
My family loves to recall a year when we (my husband, my mom, and our three kids) all rode bikes to the 4th of July fireworks to avoid the traffic.
On the way home, we rode in the dark on the sidewalk beside a huge school campus. All of a sudden all the school's sprinklers turned on and soaked us. There was nothing we could do but keep riding on with the sprinklers blasting. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard.
I picked up these star pillows in the garden department at Walmart for 5 bucks a piece in January. I'm pretty excited that I remembered where I put them and now the rockers have 4th of July spirit!
They provide a good place for us to sit a moment and think how about lucky we are to live in this wonderful country.
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