July Greetings!

"That beautiful season the Summer!  Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

I always look back at past newsletters to see what I was thinking a year (or two or three) ago.  When I read what I wrote a few years ago I was so taken with my childhood memories of July, that at the risk of boring you, I am going to share them with you again.  I hope they help you to remember fondly your own childhood celebrations… 

The very word "July", in my mind, is attended by fireworks and streamers.  Of course, it is the month in which we celebrate our country's independence.  And, oh, the celebrations! I have the fondest childhood memories of this holiday which centered for many years around my great aunt’s yard.  There was always soda in glass bottles and burgers on the grill - the smoke curling upward through the huge old trees. And potato salad and watermelon and cake for dessert! And noise, wonderful noise! All through the neighborhood you heard pops and bangs and whistles as friends and neighbors set off their own small fireworks. 

As dusk neared our excitement mounted to a fever pitch. Now was the time to light the sparklers which we whirled and twirled (no running!) ~ the delicate, silvery sparks a'flying. When the sparkler was spent it was almost as great a pleasure to slip the hot poker into the bucket of water to hear it hiss its demise! 

The culmination of the day was the local fireworks display. We staked our claim to a spot on the front lawn, eyes fixed on the darkened sky. That first great "boom!" let us know it was time ~ here they come, here they come ~ one after the other! We had names for them all...whistling fishes (one of my favorites)...spiders (those were the hugest, grandest of all)...butterfly and mercury and comet... crackers and bangers, flares and crossing stars!

Happy birthday, America! We are blessed indeed!

“Look out into the July night, and see the broad belt of silver flame which flashes up the half of heaven, fresh and delicate as the bonfires of the meadow-flies…”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Until next month, my friends, wave your parade flags, enjoy a glass of lemonade, and relish these blessed days of summer…

As Ever,

Wendy

   

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