Monday, July 5, 2010

holidays with a hint of redneck

It's pretty cool to read Betsy Ross and the Making of America over Independence Day. I reflected on my religious freedoms in a new way after reading about her grandparents--Quakers who came to Pennsylvania from England to escape persecution. And I feel lucky to live in a city with many options for worship--from edgy to traditional, mosque to synagogue, tiny 50-person congregations to congregations 4,000 people strong. God bless America, indeed.

We celebrated the Fourth with our good friends the H family and Mr. D supplied the usual cache of contraband pyrotechnics for our enjoyment. It was a stormy night and the mosquitoes and wet weather conspired against their plans to replicate "the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting through air." Never one to back down from playing with fire and explosives, Mr. D drove the fireworks through the mud down near the woods in the Momvan. For a brief glimmering moment we all imagined a rogue firework blowing up my slightly dented and irreparably filthy tan Momvan. Alas, no such luck. The Momvan survived, the men heard cheering and clapping from the safe harbor of the back patio. We played dice, drank beer, ate watermelon and taco dip and appreciated country livin' where a person can whoop and holler and blast stuff off without interruption from neighbors or authorities.


8 comments:

  1. I could only imagine the momvan filled to the gills with fireworks bouncing along a dirt road! I wish we had the space to pull off such an adventure--only boring city displays for us ;)

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  2. Great fun! My ancestors came to Plymouth shortly after the Mayflower arrived - to escape religious persecution in England. Tracing the family tree is fascinating.

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  3. Theese redneck neighbors enjoyed the show too! Thanks for the free entertainment!

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  4. Fireworks were rather a bust here with a heavy marine layer. We passed on the option to view them from the deck of a naval ship (our friends' son is doing his summer ROTC service) because of the cloud cover.

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  5. We looove fireworks! Old Years' Night is the big firework night in Trinidad, EVERYONE has them and the sky just goes mad from sunset onwards. Here in the UK, you only get 'Official' fireworks. We saw some to music recently, which was very cool.

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  6. Ooh, tan. I can imagine how satisfying it may have been to imagine it blowing up.

    Now I know why I always try to park my vintage 1995 mom-mobile as close as possible to the caution tape at the town fireworks. Rogue fireworks and insurance money.

    I'm glad to hear you had fun. We were all baseball on the 4th. (No apple pie, though.) :D

    - Julia at Midwest Moms

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  7. It started pouring with rain here shortly before dark - first year EVER we have leftover fireworks!

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  8. Sounds like a great celebration.

    This is the first 4th in many years that we didn't set off fireworks in our old neighborhood. One of the neighbors was a sheriff, but he so cool that he'd come over and help us light 'em off.

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