July 1, 2011

a red, white, and blue weekend.

It's true that I've always loved the Fourth of July... It's hands down, without a doubt, my favorite holiday--really, though, it's my favorite day of the year. As a kid it meant bare feet, pigtails, shaving cream fights, watermelon seed-spitting contests, walking in the town parade, popsicles, and a hot day spent running through sprinklers. As we grew older, we looked forward to backyard dance parties and taking the train downtown to see Chicago's infamous July 3rd fireworks show.

And yes, it's still about all of those things, but now I just appreciate the simplicity of the day--the easy joy of seeing friends and family, hopping between backyard barbecues, watching the parade and the fireworks, carrying sparklers. For me, the Fourth of July still holds all the magic it did when I was a child.

And with an entire weekend of festivities ahead, I can't help but feel like a seven-year-old all over again. Except, you know, I'll probably skip the pigtails this year. (Sprinkler-running, though, that's still a go.)

Here's to a happy Fourth!

(Photo: Lisa)

5 comments:

Alli said... [Reply to comment]

So true! I never really thought about it like that. I think the lack of family closeness in my life has distorted holidays a bit. When I have my own family one day though I hope to inspire a love for the holiday like you have! Maybe we could do a shaving cream battle this weekend.... Thanks for some inspiration!

Caitlin said... [Reply to comment]

I completely agree with you about it being your favourite holiday. I'm from Canada and we just celebrated Canada Day yesterday and it is my favourite day of the year as well. Hope you have a great Fourth of July!

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Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

I hope your weekend has been fabulous!

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