When I was growing up, the 4th always meant time with the family at the lake. And not just any lake, it was our lake and lakehouse. We would go to the lake and spend all day swimming, wake boarding (well for us it was cabinet door boarding and if you fell off you had to wait until the cabinet door floating back up to the top!!), eating, fishing, eating Bluebell Bullets, visiting, volleyball and at the end of the day, fireworks. Sometimes it was fireworks at the lake, or fireworks at the baseball field and sometimes it was both. The best part of the whole celebration was being with family and those we consider family. At the end of the night, we were all ready to go home to get some sleep and depending on what day the 4th was on, start it all over again!
Nowadays, so much of the time we don't really do anything for the 4th. We may go to the inlaws to eat and swim but my family doesn't get together like that anymore. It is so sad to me that we aren't able to get together and have the fun that we used to. Our family is too spread out and now there are inlaws and others who want your time. We don't even go to our lake anymore because it is so hard to keep up with it. My grandmother's nephew has been working on it so maybe one day we will be able to use it again. Another problem is the trespassers who come and vandalize. . . .so sad. But, even though things have changed and we don't get together and celebrate like we used to, I have some of the best memories a girl could want for past celebrations and thinking about what I was going to write about for this Friday with Friends segment has brought a smile to my face and thinking that maybe I will start trying to bring back some of the family traditions or start new ones! I can't wait to find out what others will be writing about!!
If you want to read more memories, check out Jennifer's blog here.