Sunday, July 3, 2011

Storytelling Sunday

Maybe not so much a story, the appropriate title would be:


Random Memories of the Fourth of July When I Was a Kid
...Eating homemade ice cream on the back yard patio, where one year my grandfather uttered his famous words of wisdom, "You can eat more standing up!" This has become a family mantra that is uttered at least once at every family gathering, but especially during Thanksgiving.


...Catching my grandmother alone in the kitchen, eagerly licking the ice cream maker paddle over the sink. She licked it clean, too. Grandma had a bit of a sweet tooth.


...Watching the fireworks from our backyard, since we lived close to the park, until that fateful year when we set up our chairs and discovered the trees were too tall. What a bummer. Except back then we would have said what a drag.


...Taking Daphne Brown the Basset Hound to see the fireworks one year. She loved the walk to the park, howled and hid under the blanket during the fireworks, and had to be carried most of the way home. Bad idea. Very bad idea.


...Watching small town fireworks. One...at...a...time. Wait. Oh, look, there's another one. Wait some more. That one didn't make it high enough. Wait some more. Shoot something like ten in a row and call it the grand finale. And we thought that was great. These days people put on better firework displays in their backyards.


...Being with family, being thankful there was still plenty of summer left, being thankful for the freedom we were celebrating. We do July Fourth differently these days, but those basic principles still apply. Something else to be thankful for.


If you've enjoyed reading my little story I hope you'll enjoy some others from those who participate in Sian's Storytelling Sunday the first Sunday of every month. 

20 comments:

  1. It's the small snippets that make up the great memories if you ask me!

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  2. These are such great little slices of life Sue - remembering the happy little moments is such an important thing to be able to do! I'm off to try a bit of eating standing up now, so I'm wishing you a very Happy Fourth July, have a great day.

    Thank you for joining in Storytelling Sunday.

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  3. great memories, happy 4th July

    Jane

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  4. Those are some awesome memories to reminisce about...I shall remember what your grandfather said about standing up...*winks* :)

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  5. What great memories! Especially love the small town fireworks! That's how it was where I grew up!

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  6. Great little holiday snippets - glad you shared. And what wise grandparents you had!

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  7. What lovely memories:) Happy 4th July for tomorrow xx

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  8. Some great memories there....and our dog is terrified of fireworks.

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  9. Great memories and well put together x

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  10. Super snippets! Loved the description of the slow display - seen plenty of those!

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  11. Super memories. Hope you will have another great day this year.

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  12. Great summer memories! Fireworks always featured prominently in our July 4th celebrations too. :)

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  13. fireworks can be so funny when you let them off yourself I probably have a few stories I could share about that! Happy 4th of July to you and yours xxx

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  14. Love these small stories of your memories, thanks for sharing and a happy 4th for tomorrow.

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  15. Love your Grandpa's comment! Great memories...hope you make some more tomorrow!
    alison xx

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  16. the only story we have close to urs is nov 5th when we celebrate the houses of parliament not being blown up,
    jo xxx

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  17. Lovely memories, have a good 4th July tomorrow.xxx

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  18. What fun memories. I enjoyed reading them, especially about taking the Basset hound to the fireworks display.

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  19. I really like this format of storytelling Sue because that's the kind of memories I have about lots of things from my childhood, I just might borrow this method if you don't mind :) Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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  20. Oh, this made me laugh! Great memories Sue. Hope you have a great Fourth!

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