The rest, I suppose, has a lot to do with childhood memories of unmitigated awesomeness each and every July 4. It was more than just the fireworks at night at Shiloh Park -- although those were certainly a high point. It was also because July 4 was a kind of perfect point in the summer. School had already become a distant memory and the post-Labor Day return was far enough away to hold almost no power over a boy's thoughts.
|The cookies were a hit at Sunday's bbq in Sonoma and Monday's potluck|
When I mention that to my daughter today, I'm aware of how much freedom (and risk) she doesn't get to experience. She'll never know what it's like to be 10 and a couple of miles from home, fending for yourself with only a bike and a promise to come home when the bell tolls. I've puzzled over whether this is because the world is more dangerous or because parents are more cautious, but ultimately it just is.
|Jan walked our patriotic pups in the parade|
Which isn't to say she's suffering through childhood. I suspect and hope she'll have equally happy memories to share when she's a parent, although her mom and I will be in a whole lot more of the photos.
Case in point, this most recent July 4. Fiona spent the morning of the 3rd decorating her favorite bike, the Electra cruiser. She took some bike-decorating suggestions from a Martha Stewart magazine she bought primarily for the cookie decorating suggestions. Other inspirations came from her own mind. In the end, she had a beautiful entry in our neighborhoods quaint little parade.
I joined her, outfitting the Schwinn Racer in flags and crepe streamers starry, red-white-and-blue garland. Best of all were playing cards in the spokes. I had completely forgotten how cool that sound is. It really sounded like an old motorcycle... or, I guess, what I decided an old motorcycle sounded like when my friends and I would tear up and down the street with baseball cards and clothes pins mounted on the fender struts.
Here's hoping your Fourth was as fun and magical as ours. And here's wishing you a long, happy summer full of freedom and fun.