Sunday, July 6, 2008

July 4, 2007

EDITED: I am using this post for Anne's Flashback Friday. I know it's kinda lame to dig in the archives but it kinda fits the theme, and it was a remember-when post. Deal. Then go back and read better posts, ok?

The Fourth of July has always been an event in our house. Well, kind of anyway. It is my mother's birthday and in addition to memories of neighborhood cookouts and sparklers there is birthday cake and the rousing "Happy Birthday"song.

Looking back, there are very few July 4ths that I have not been with my parents.

Last year we were all in Isle of Palms, SC for the week. My parents, brother and his family, and me and my family had all rented a house for the week for a vacation to span both my mother's birthday and mine (7-7-07). The morning of the 4th we got up, packed dinner and snacks (and beer, of course!) and headed out. Mom did not know where we were going.

The surprise was almost the best part. We had chartered a 50 foot sailboat for the afternoon and evening.

We sailed all afternoon on the Cooper River and in Charleston Harbor. Eventually we anchored in front of the USS Yorktown to eat dinner, have birthday cake, and watch the fireworks. That was the most amazing part- there were fireworks everywhere. We had no idea that they would be literally, 360, all around us, for about 3 hours total.

By the time we got back to the dock it was after midnight. The kids were either totally fried or already asleep. The rest of us were very close to dropping, too.

The whole family agreed that it was one of our best days ever, and one that would not be easily topped.

Headless Mom


Backpacking Dad said...

I wish I were on a 50 foot boat cruising a bay somewhere right now.

Keetha Broyles said...

So - - - that was July 4, 2007. What DID you do for the 4th in 2008???

Sam said...

I was feeling sad at not being with Mom (and, of course, Dad) on the 4th, which probably contributed to my pity party.

But we'll be together for my birthday this year, which will make me wonderfully happy. :)

amy turn sharp said...

that sounds awesome!

Anonymous said...

You should let me know if you head that way again. It's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! It sounds like everyone had a great time, and I'm sure your Mom was thrilled. Very sweet.