Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 4th without the Bang

Memories of July 4th always include family, neighbors, friends, a neighborhood parade, the pool, and fireworks. But this 4th was unusual because we stayed home by ourselves.

I had been excited about a barbeque at a friend’s house in DC, but that invitation was cancelled when “domestic problems” upstaged the barbeque. For a fleeting moment I thought my daughter who is home from Boston might join us in celebrating, but seeing her friends had a higher priority. One set of neighborhood friends are in Argentina. Another are entertaining an elderly aunt. So that left us on our own with only Jake and Dylan for company.

As we cooked dinner and thunder announced a possible storm on its way, my husband said he was just as happy to be staying close to home. The thought of sitting down on the mall and getting drenched just had no appeal.

The only reminder that it is Independence Day is the distant sound of fireworks and the occasional firecracker that affects Jake just like thunder does. He has been pacing around with his Kong in his mouth for hours now.

This has simply been a holiday that will leave no lasting impression. It didn’t even involve a day off from work. It was just another day much like a yesterday and probably like a tomorrow.


Blogger Kristin said...

The whole "Wednesday" thing threw me a little. I normally host a party, but not so much this year. Just a couple of friends for a book discussion. Different but fun.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Got to guard against the days blurring into grey indistinct copies: tomorrow bing the same as today, which is the same as yesterday.

There is nothing wrong with a quiet day.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

We were at loose ends on our Canada Day too. No one was around to share dinner with, no fireworks in our we went for a bike ride and had a BBQ with our cats! Enjoy days like guys do so much entertaining and socialising normally.

You sound a little disappointed that you couldn't tie down your daughter to a dinner. We were probably the same at her age.

11:02 AM  
Blogger steve said...

My daughter rolls in at 2am these days and the second she is up in the morning, its Slitsplat out the door and don't say howdy-doodly-squat...
Things come in waves...may as well enjoy this quiet time.... Get yourself one of those Kongs...that might liven things up, if nothin else, Jake will get fired up!!!

4:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- Maybe next year... I could actually GIVE the party!

Richard -- I'm trying hard to add distinction to the passing days, but I'm not always successful.

MOI -- Tonight we get to have a family dinner before she heads back to Boston tomorrow. Yes, we were definitely like that.

Steve -- They're all on Hawaii time, right? Sounds familiar. I'm not sure I'm up to carrying around a Kong, although Jake makes a good case for it.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

The best part of Wednesday I spent out in Warrenton. Sitting and reading, writing and thinking on the grounds of a winery. Next time you guys need a plan, let me know.

6:27 AM  

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