We’ve made this 4th of July a family get together. It will be dinner with the in-laws then over to find a good spot to watch the fireworks.
We’ll be leaving soon to go to the local fireworks display. It’s a few hours away but if you go too late, you’ll never find a parking place. Growing up, this was one of my favorite things and I still enjoy them today.
I think though, the really fun part is watching the boys. For them there is still the magic and wonder. These will be the things they will remember about their own childhood 4th just as I do. This is one of the things which I dislike about growing up… the loss of the magic and wonder which could be found in the small things and the big. In the memories of special days and events which somehow become tarnished… everyday and normal as I have gotten older.
If you listen to the experts, this is called gaining maturity, being realistic, becoming an adult and are lauded as a good thing. I disagree… I think we need those doses of fairy dust, the occasional wisp of magic no matter how old we become. In loosing these, it seems we loose a part of ourselves along the way. We become caught up in the day to day struggles, the stress and worry, the ever growing fog of despair and desperation in which we so often loose our way.
That is what is special about days like this. To be a child again, even for a little while. To be lost in the moment, filled with wonder… To watch as magic unfolds before your eyes.
Tomorrow is Independence day here in the U.S. A day off for most of us, a time to spend with family and friends.
I wish all my fellow Americans a safe and fun holiday, and to those who live elsewhere in the great big world, I hope you have a great day too!
Happy 4th of July
By Kira A. Moore
Sit with me and watch
As the stars explode,
The band plays,
On a universal
Awash in interglatic
Lost in space.
I watch you,
In your eyes,
You turn to me,
A smile on your lips,
Happy 4th of July.