Happy 4th of July!
Let’s see, since I started this blog and the pandemic began, we have now spent Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day in an altered way. Today is of course going to be no different.
My sister and family were supposed to be here (from Ireland). We were supposed to go downtown last night to the huge July 3rd fireworks display on Lake Michigan. Today we were supposed to take my little nieces and nephew to their first 4th of July parade. We were supposed to go see more fireworks tonight. We were all supposed to be together.
The biggest disappointment, of course, is just that my sister’s family isn’t here. It would have been SO fun to share our traditions with her young kids for the first time. These are moments and ages in the kids’ lives that we can never get back and it just sucks, for lack of a better word.
But what can we do about it??? Not much, can we. This is one time in all of our lives that the word “control” has gone right out the window, much to most of our dismay and frustration.
So, our only choice really is to make the best of it.
Yesterday ended up being a good day- golfing for the boys in the morning, swimming at a nearby pond in the afternoon, pizza for dinner, and, the highlight on the way home from dinner- surprise pop up fireworks EVERYWHERE! My parents live in a smaller suburb with many other surrounding suburbs, and it seems all of the towns around were lighting off fireworks at the same time. We ended up pulling into a couple different parking lots and got to watch some really great shows just from the van. The boys stood and stuck their heads out the sunroof window. 🙂
Today there will be no parade and I don’t think there will be any “official” fireworks in the park either. We’re mostly just planning to grill out and have a special 4th of July meal here. We brought the sprinkler along, so maybe the boys will put their suits on later. The boys helped stick little American flags out in the ground in front of my parents’ house and Ethan is excited to wear his new “USA” shirt we got for him the other day. We will turn on some patriotic music and also hopefully listen to Ethan and Asher play “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on the piano.
As I said, we will make the best of it and still enjoy the day, celebrating our great nation, history, freedoms and opportunities! Happy 4th of July everyone.
Daily Gratitude: I am grateful for my country. Despite the ups and downs lately, I am so grateful that I was born here and I am proud to be an American.