Independence Day was my mom's birthday and she loved it. She loved the parades and flags and when she moved to Sheffield Lake, we usually viewed the fireworks from 'our' lake. The kids went down in the afternoons and would clean up the beach and set the bonfire wood for our own festivities. She loved them for doing this, and so did I.
For some time, all of my grown children continued the tradition and/or sat along parade routes and enjoyed the day. Jocelyn's parade each year rivals most small towns...this year it was followed by a BBQ.
I received the following from Cara this year:
Happy Independence Day!!!!!! Thank you for creating such great memories for us on this day. I appreciate all your efforts to make delicious food and decorating our bikes, batons, roller skates etc, watching 1776 and Yankee Doodle Dandy...I don't know if that's the right name but all the good movies like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I enjoy the memories of driving back late from the Lake after the fireworks and saying a prayer with everyone that Dad will be able to get out safely without getting into an accident. I am proud to be an American and have developed that thought because of yours and Gunner and Bon Papa's passion for our great country. I have the best parents in the world! Dad -thank you for all the wonderful patriotic messages. I enjoyed everyone.
Love you lots! CARA
Very sweet messages, and yes, she did get all the movie titles correct. I still watch and love those movies.
And oh! the strength of our founding fathers...to be considered traitors, willing to die for their cause and the righteous zeal of people who know this land needed to be free:
I am sad when I think of the youngsters today, the wee ones, who don't get to know America as I did. But we enjoyed another 4th of July. Robert only had one day off so we went up to Dawn and Ken/kids and then right home again. But something was missing...not sure what. Perhaps it's my age...or the heat of the day...or the lack of my own parade down Warwick....Or lack of my parents being around and having a discussion with Jordan about what it will be like for him when Robert and I are dead....or maybe it's time to watch those 3 movies again, this weekend...and just move on. Yes, that's about right...it's movie time.