Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Glorious Fourth

The Fourth of July around here is supposed to be a celebration on the founding of the USA. About 400 plus days after the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, the Declaration of Independence was published and the words wring true today. Annually, National Public Radio ( NPR) does a recitation of the complete document and I am always moved by it. ....When in the Course of human events..... always makes my skin tingle. Hear is a link to the reading from this year.

The reading was on Friday, the third and that was it for my traditional observance of the holiday.

Why you ask am I not burning up some meat, watching a parade or viewing fireworks?

Well, it's fricking one hundred degrees in my backyard and the heat index is about one hundred and ten. See>>>>>>>>

Who in their right mind would fire up the grill with it so hot around here?
Parade watching in this weather is only for those with someone in the parade, not sensible middle-aged ladies.
Fireworks? The only fireworks I'll see are the Star Gazer Lillies that just bloomed. They smell heavenly, look great in a big vase and can be enjoyed indoors... in the air conditining.

Another theme that seems to be going on in recognition of the holiday is the overwhelming use of Red, White and Bue on ever surface possible. I didn't even put my patriotic wreath on the front door.

Instead, I turned on the TV, found a reasonably bland movie and started up a pair of patriotic socks.
Cute, right?

I hope the weather was better where you are and that your celebration included something traditional. If not, go listen to that NPR broadcast, it will raise your spirits and remind you about what the holiday is really all about.


heather fish said...

Our celebration was pretty traditional... grilling of meat in miserable FL heat - but eaten inside in wonderful A/C! And then fireworks at the beach. I like your way of celebrating also though :)

Anonymous said...

love love love the sock yarn!

4th of July always reminds me of all the things we had to memorize in school (and recite) for a, "we the people of the United States of American in order to..." What's amazing is that today, what, 40 years later? I still have this stuff taking up room in my brain!