Monday, July 5, 2010
Three Days for July 4
This year 4th of July was uneventful. I saw nor heard any fireworks of any sort....not even a little firecracker burst. I was with friends drinking too much wine. Dusk came and went and the 3 of us sat right there and opened another bottle as if it were March 12 or any other ordinary day, not the day to celebrate our country's independence.
There are a few 4th of Julys that stand out in my mind. Last year was one. I visited with friends who have a camp on a pond. We had a fun afternoon swimming, kayaking, playing games, and then a cookout. At dusk we piled into 2 canoes, paddled to the center of the pond and watched fireworks from a 360 degree vantage point. Very special for me. I think I'll always remember it.
Another favorite was when I lived near Philadelphia. Two friends and I went for dinner at a restaurant sited along the Delaware River. After dinner, we sat on the restaurant's patio and watched fireworks being launched from a barge in the middle of the river. It was spectacular. Much more so than last evening's non-existent display.
Holidays are odd. Often built up and then they pass by in an instant. They are supposed to be special, but I often find them anticlimactic; somewhat depressing. July 4th isn't such a big one....no one exchanges gifts, cards, or any other "have tos" like some of the bigger holidays. Somehow I often feel let down and disappointed when a holiday doesn't measure up to the hype....as if anything ever could.
I spent much of my long July 4th weekend alone. I'm fine with that. I read, completed projects at home, waxed the car, caught up with laundry and groceries, and didn't think about the routine of work. All good. I also took some photos. Thanks for checking out my "take" on a 3 day pass.