Sunday, July 4, 2010

Slice of Life 'Fireworks'

The prompt from Texasblu is to write about our family stories of celebrating our countries freedom. Click here if you would like to join.
When I was a little girl, we would go into my aunt's house that was two blocks from the court house as a family gathering.  In the late evening, we would take a blanket and walk over to the court house lawn, find a good spot and sit down to await the evening fireworks.  Funny, it was understood that the Fourth of July was a special day, but I don't remember anyone ever talking about it.  My dad and most of my uncles fought in World War II, so they were always quick to stand up and salute the flag and put their hands over their hearts when the national anthem was played.  I guess that is where I began to learn respect for my country.
Back to the fireworks, it was much different from the fireworks of today.  There were some that were bursting in the air, some cannon booms, but it was the finale we all waited for.  It was actually on a stand.  It must have been some kind of sparklers, because it was the American flag sparkling.  The "Star Spangled Banner" was played by the High School Band.  I remember the excitement and the people clapping.  It would have been something like this from glitter works.
To this day, I still like to watch the fireworks with music being played in the background.  I have been known to find a station playing patriotic music on the car radio, and watch the fireworks from the car.
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