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It’s July 4th 2012. I just thought I’d let you know. Because I suck and because I’m behind on posts I figured that I’d just go steal last years July 4th post but ya know what? I didn’t even write a post about Independence Day last year.
I published a post but it wasn’t about Independence Day. Today I decided to rectify that. When I was growing up we would go to the pool and it would be about celebration and relays and wrestling with a greased watermelon but most of all, it was about family.
It was the same for Kevin and I when we had kids. We would get to the pool fairly early to claim some chairs (after all, it got VERY crowded later on) and then we would chill. There were always family relays and we were usually the winners. Keely and Andie were year round swimmers as was I so we always did fairly well. There was the coin toss (and the beer toss … not to be missed!) There was a DJ and a balloon guy, cotton candy and snow cones and popcorn.
In short, it was a very fun family-filled day, which always ended in a gigantic cookout. The kids had fun and Kevin and I had fun. It was a good time to catch up with people we rarely saw. The capper was driving to find the best spot to watch fireworks. I love fireworks and always have.
The key to good firework watching is finding a space that you can see the fireworks in grand fashion and yet, still extricate yourself from the traffic later. After all, nothing ruins a great fireworks display then a kid dying to pee and then you’re stuck in traffic.
This 4th of July, we are no longer members of the pool and I doubt we’ll go hunting for fireworks what with Keely and all but the one thing we will do; the one thing we ALWAYS do is watch Independence Day on TV.
We love that movie … not just Will Smith but Bill Pullman and the speech. “We won’t go quietly into the night. We will not go down without a fight” is one of the greatest movie speeches ever. Right up there with Henry V and Aragorn before attacking Mordor!
So, that’s what Independence Day is for me. How about you?