Happy Fourth of July week!!! I hope everyone is ready for hot dogs, homemade ice cream, and lots of ear-drum bursting fireworks.I got together with my family for dinner and dessert (of course) every year, but this year won’t be able to make it. I don’t know that I’ve ever missed one of our Fourth of July celebrations.
Last year I did have to leave early, heading home before it was dark enough to do sparklers. Because sparklers are about as pyrotechnic as I get. Because when your mother has worked for an eye doctor for over 25 years, the Fourth of July is never about freedom and apple pie. It’s about stories of Billy Bob getting his eyeball blown out and how bottle rockets ruin lives. We weren’t ten minutes into dinner last yer when the first story hit. But we love Mom, and she makes a mean blackberry cobbler, so we let her stay. And yes, she’s reading this right now, and I probably just shot my chances for an iPad for Christmas. (But Mom, keep in mind it wasn’t MY four year old daughter carrying around a small explosive device and a cigarette lighter that
night. . .)
In honor of the Fourth of July, I leave you with a dear YouTube clip that just shouts “I love America!” This is a piece of a long series of clips of wedding singers who will customize their gig according to themes. This particular selection would be the Patriotic Redneck Country Singer-Bad Dresser-Save Some Buffalo Wings For Me-wedding theme.
Happy Fourth of July to one and all! I hope your ice cream was rich, your dogs were hot, and your corneas were safely guarded with two-inch safety goggles. God Bless America!
Jenny B. Jones is an award-winning author who writes romantic comedies for both women and teens. When she’s not writing, she’s living it up as a high school speech and creative writing teacher. When she’s not doing that, she’s binge Facebooking and financially and nutritionally supporting Ben and Jerry’s. Her next release, There You’ll Find Me, a YA from Thomas Nelson, releases October 2011.