Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

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Yes, we celebrate the 4th of July despite living in Australia. There's usually a few renditions of The Star Spangled Banner, simply because I have to explain to the kids there won't be any fireworks, and then the husband man wants to know what on earth fireworks have to do with the 4th of July.. Yup, it always makes me break into song.. This year we had sparklers which the kids were 100% delighted with. We had some patriotic cupcakes (yummy), and enjoyed a game of mini golf with cousins. It was peaceful and fun.
I've always enjoyed this holiday, perhaps, in many ways, for the same reason the kids do.. the fireworks. It's not just the pretty colors and the fun of watching neighbors have their typical firework feuds (who can do the biggest and brightest), but it's sitting there and realizing just how significant those pretty lights really are.

You see, you've never truly experienced a firework unless you've sat in a valley with mountains looming up on each side and listened to the firework echo around and around and around until the next one goes off. There's a persistent boom that may be quieter then the first, but it's still there as resounding as ever. It shoots off one mountain and bounces off another. Long after the light has fizzled out you're still listening to the crack and boom. You're sitting there surrounded in a heavy thick smoke because the humidity is usually too thick to allow the smoke to move onward. It's so easy to be transported back in time and realize how those small battlefields must have sounded and how amazing it must have been to wake up and see that our flag truly was still there.

There's also the giggles we share while we wait for the next one to be lit and wonder how many welts we'll have in the morning from the pesky no-see-ems and mosquitos. Or the run and scurry when you hear a whistling overhead and realize a firework has opted to come in the wrong direction. Or watching, my kids watch fireworks with hands firmly clapped over ears, asking when the boom will end. Or asking if I remembered to bring Gram-Gram's magic ear muffs, (They still swear by those Gram-Gram!) but someday they'll understand.

Someday they'll see more then pretty lights, someday they'll understand why I break into song whenever fireworks are mentioned. In fact, Im pretty sure that one day they'll break into song with me, but for now I don't mind explaining it each year...

4 comments:

Debbie said...

Happy 4th, Kendra!

Tracey said...

Happy 4th of July. It is nice you are celebrating and sounds like you had a good time.

Heather said...

Oh Kendra I was thinking the same thing last night as I heard the big booms echo off the opposite hill- our village is in a valley and we were up on the hill, but it sure did bounce back off the tall hill...

Magnificent sound!! My favorites are the LOUD ones...

Heather said...

Also...awesome post. Having spent the night IN Ft. McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor...I agree. It must have been something to see the flag still there and it is a BIG flag!

Also grew up in the church where Francis Scott Key's house was on the grounds and where he taught Sunday school. THAT is cool.

Happy sigh...