I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe fourth of July. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays ever since I was a young child. I spent some time this morning thinking of what my Independence Days used to be like when I was a child.
My entire family used to line the streets of our neighboring town and wait for the parade to come by. Is it weird that I get choked up at parades? Ya, I thought so too. I don’t know what it is, I’ve always been that way. It has something to do with the marching bands…I just find it so great, I get a little weepy.
Anyway, after the parade it was then off to my Aunt’s house for food and swimming in the pool. Once nighttime came along we would go to another Aunt’s house who lived on a cliff a couple of towns away from Boston. We could watch the fireworks from her porch.
We did this year after year. But as all of us kids got older we started to have other things we wanted to do. A few family members have passed away and things just aren’t the same. Now my side of the family no longer gets together on July 4th. It does make me a little sad as I sit and think about all of this stuff.
What makes me feel happy is that I now have a son and he knows that on July 4th we go over to his Daddy’s mom’s house to celebrate the holiday with family, food and fun. It gives me a good feeling to think that when he is older he might sit and think of all the good times he had with his family on the Fourth of July.
I hope everyone has a very happy and very safe Fourth of July.