Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!!



4th of July! It's here! First, we must take time to reflect on the freedoms and luxuries we enjoy every day in this great country of ours! Is it any wonder that the USA is hated by so many foreign countries? I thank God every day that I live in such a wonderful land! Skip over to Old Lady Lincoln's blog and read her post "From Jay Leno." You'll be glad you did.


Do you remember, as a kid, waiting for the 4th of July? I do, as we were always anxious to see the fireworks! Plus, we used to go to Florida every winter and bring back firecrackers, which we could not buy in our own state of PA. I remember going down the road 5 miles to where the local fireworks were held each year and meeting up with friends and just walking around. Back in those days, parents didn't have to worry about someone abducting their kids, as they do in today's world.


People would sit on the hoods, and even the roofs, of their cars to watch the fireworks display. I remember they always started at 10pm. Dad would lock up the hotel and bar, and off we'd go down the narrow country road to the big field where the fireworks took place! We'd always have a carload of kids from our little neighborhood. Oh, what fun it was!


I don't remember any 4th of July picnics as a child, though, as my parents had a business to run that was open to the public, so the 4th of July was a big weekend for campers to come in from the cities downstate for their summer vacations. I knew the kids from the cities, and it was always such fun to see them each year. With or without a picnic, as kids, we still had fun, and those memories remain with me to this day.


My daughter is having a cookout today at her home, so that's where I am going. Wishing you all a happy and fun day with your family and friends, too!

18 comments:

Merle said...

Dear Nancy ~~ Great post for Fourth of July. My cousin has his birthday that day,and he was 80 today.
Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I am so glad that you enjoy the jokes etc and get some smiles there.
I am sorry you don't have many smiles in your life Nancy. I didn't know of Paul Harvey, but heard an Australian
announcer, John Laws, recite that piece of his. Take care, my friend,
Love, Merle.

Diane said...

Happy Independence Day! I know that the cookout at Tammy's will be fun. It's always great to get together and laugh!

Take care and I'll talk to you soon!!

Hugs,
Diane

Mississippi Songbird said...

We are having a picnic at our church tonight, complete with a ballgame and fireworks..
Have a great Holiday weekend and stay safe!

Grace Scott said...

Have a great weekend and hope all your kitties stay well.

Grace

zzop357 said...

Happy 4th to you Nancy!!!
I hope you have a blast at your daughters!!!
Stay cool, and be safe, Donna

PEA said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your loved ones, dear Nancy! I hope you're having a wonderful day!!

I'm so sorry for being so slow in visiting...after I go away for a few days I find it so hard to get all caught up again. But...I'm getting there! lol

I've just read your last few posts that I'd missed...my goodness, you certainly have had a few rough days with worrying about Buster and Oliver! I'm so happy to hear that all is going well now...we become so attached to our pets and they are just like family. When they hurt...we hurt!! I'm still feeding the stray kitty that showed up back in the winter months and he has brought along a couple of his other stray friends. lol I don't mind, I just like knowing that they're not starving!! He now comes up on the deck to eat even if I'm there...before, if he even saw me, he'd run and hide. So, there is progress in him learning to trust me:-) xoxo

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Happy 4th of July, Nancy! Hope you had a good time at Tammy's. ;o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Renie Burghardt said...

Your 4th of July memories are so nice. I hope you had a great 4th with your daughter and family. How are Oliver and Buster comig along? I hope, well. Enjoy the weekend.

Hugs,

Renie

Midlife Mom said...

Hope you had a happy 4th of July at your daughter's home. We were at the lake and it was just beautful, going back today in a few minutes. Thought I'd check a few blogs while waiting for Hubby to get back from his trip to the feed store. Loved reading about your childhood memories. You are so right, our parents didn't have to worry about us like the parents do now. You hardly dare let your child play in the yard without watching right out the window the whole time. So sad isn't it? We used to take off in the morning, be gone till lunch, come home have lunch and be gone all afternoon till supper time. We might have been out in the woods making a fort or riding our horses somewhere. Nobody had to worry back then.
How are Buster and Oliver doing???

Jess said...

I'm a little late for your post. But I do hope you had a great time....and didn't eat too much because trust me...I ate enough for both of us! lol.

Happy Sunday!

Sammy said...

I love this trip down memory lane, Nancy. Sounds so idyllic and special. I just love to hear stories about growing up in a world that is so different from my own experience.

Hope you had a great 4th this year. I went canoeing with a group of friends. It's a tradition we do every year. It was lots of fun this year, but I was so worn out after! Last night I slept almost 11 hours, so I'm feeling much better today!

Happy Sunday,
Sammy

Heidi said...

Hope you had a great 4th! Thanks for coming over to my blog - hope to see you again soon!! I have 11 cats that dont include our barn cats. Only 1 of them is in the house, the rest are outside.... :) Our house cat is FEARLESS - she got into a fight with a skunk last nigt - so she is going to be outside for a LONG WHILE this time!! LOL

Mississippi Songbird said...

Hello, Nancy
Glad you had a Nice 4th..
You had asked about the song on my blog. It's "sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill. It was popular when I was in highs school.Me and my then boyfriend, sang that song in a talent show and won first place. it has sweet memories for me. Thanks for mentioning it.. Have a great upcoming week..

BClark said...

Hi Miss Nancy,

Hope your day was wonderful. I enjoy your posts and your visits to my blog. The best to you my new friend. Barbara

Cecil said...

Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your cats are all so gorgeous.. I have a Maine coon at my work.. His name is Aeolus. He is 9 years old now... I have 4 cats here at home... Percy, Patches, Zaboomafoo and Amos... I love my furkids... I'm so glad you came by my blog and I hope you continue to stop by. I'm so glad you and your daughters cats are improving. I lost my youngest cat several years ago to kidney failure.. he was 5 years old. 2 of our cats that we have now are old... 15 years and 17 years.. Well, I will go for now. Hugs.. cecil

Merle said...

Dear Nancy ~~ Thank you very much for your comments and your support. It is never my intention to hurt or upset anyone, but it happened here. However the writer and I have it sorted out now and all is fine. Thank you for your sweet words, Nancy, that was kind of you. Take care, Love, Merle.

Monogram Queen said...

Happy Belated 4th Nancy!

Sounds like a great time you had.
It's funny i'm originally from PA too. I've added you to my blogroll - hope you don't mind. I will have to come back and "catch up" with you later but I wanted to comment on your latest post so you'd know I had been here!

hippochick said...

I remember fireworks in Wharton!!! I loveyou page for the 4th. You are getting better and better all the time.

~hippo hugs~