You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
I'm pretty sure I post this Fourth of July quote every year because that is what the Fourth of July is for most families. We eat potato salad and baked beans and grill enough BBQ for the whole neighborhood. There is usually corn on the cob and fresh peaches and slices of icy cold watermelon and always roasted marshmallows. Fourth of July desserts? Maybe strawberry shortcake or a special Fourth of July cake for all of our family members who celebrated July birthdays. We were lucky enough to have a beach house on Long Island Sound so there was always sandy sheets, the smell of Coppertone and wet towels hanging on the line and loads of family that came for the weekend to help us celebrate. We were handed sparklers during twilight and couldn't wait for the full on firework shows at the beach as soon as it was dark enough.
In Colorado Springs this year it will be quite a different 4th than years past. Good news that the Waldo Canyon Fire is 80% contained and they estimate that by the 8th of July it will be fully contained. The fire ban means no firework shows or sparklers or open fires of any sort of course. In our drought condition we don't need another spark setting off a wildfire.
I am especially grateful this year for our firefighters and emergency personnel who worked so hard and continue to do so today to keep our city and surrounding area safe but also quite saddened by the two people who lost their lives and the hundreds of people who no longer have a home. Today I'm sure it will be a very different 4th of July celebration for them.
Enjoy your holiday!
The Writing Nag