Sunday, July 5, 2009

It Never Fails...

Every year, as the Fourth of July approaches, I have the following thought: "Well, I'm [insert number] years old, now...the fireworks probably won't dazzle me like they used to."  I don't know why that is.  I guess I equate the basic lights-and-sounds nature of pyrotechnics to wide-eyed, gaping-mouthed childhood wonder.  

And, every year, I am pleased to discover that I am still susceptible to said sense of wonder.  Finding this out fills me with a sentiment not unlike holiday cheer (could such a thing exist in 100-something degree weather)!

Of course, the time with family and friends, homemade peppermint ice cream, and twirling around with a sparkler in my hand weren't too shabby either.  
What was the best part of your holiday??


  1. For me the memories of the 4th are jarred by the smell and popping of fireworks. I love the sulfur scent and then the sounds of pop pop pop long after I've fallen into bed after a tiring day of heat, swimming, eating and socializing. I hope we never tire of the 4th.

  2. Talking to my kids who live a few hours away! and watching the fireworks on TV from various places..and the concerts from various places...simple pleasures, but tradition!

  3. The best part of my Holiday was spending time with someone who I think is awesome. And the fire works were great but the ice cream was even better.

  4. Fireworks, definitely! I have special names for the different types: there's the Diana Ross, named for its' sparkling sequined effect; the Saturn, so named for the orb with ring that pops out from its center; the afterburner, named for the crackle that follows the display, etc.

    But really, my favorite part is watching people watch fireworks. No one ever fails to be amazed, to smile, to find some moment of wonder in the display. I think I'd like to create a photo montage of people watching fireworks!

  5. I missed Texas the most on the fourth of july. I missed my family. And you.

  6. tight swimsuit bottoms! touche! LOL You got good responses with that last post!