Saturday, July 01, 2006

July Column

Mothballs In My Attic
By Cindy O’Neill
The celebration of the 4th of July starts with fireworks in every town and city. It’s amazing how we gaze in the dark sky to see the wonder of explosions. Imagine the whole scenario leading up to the nighttime wonderment. The Bar-b-Que gang all assembled, the back yard badminton game, the very competitive croquet game, the hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and all the fixins’. Watermelon seed spitting contests and running through the sprinkler.
Dusk settles in and we gather the blankets and prepare for the fireworks display. You lie on your back and as the test rocket shoots up, a hush circulates throughout the crowd. Then begins the sprinkling and array of colorful effervescence of each rocket that is sent up and erupts for display, and is now revealed. The booming after shocks makes the pit of your stomach shake, if only for a moment. It’s remarkable, but it’s only reserved for today. The ooh’s and aah’s are echoed throughout the audience and you know that this is something good. It’s Independence Day and that can mean different things to different people.
Let the mothballs refresh your memory, enter your attic and open your trunk.
See what comes forward with a step back to a day in July...
Reflecting back in July, remembering Wear something red, white and blue
Fireworks, BB-Q’s and Swimming
Fill in the blanks with just one word and see how the memories flood back. Take your time, this is not to be rushed but rather enjoyed. Remember all the feelings and visual sensations and experience the places your mind travels.
The family who had the best fireworks were ________________________.
The pool we swam in during the summer was _______________________________.
The best backyard BBQ’s I can remember were held at _________________________.
Sharing the freedom of independence is an honor.
What does independence mean to you?

Column based on Mothballs In My Attic, a new fun nostalgia book that contains over 220 questions within 12 chapters, poems and illustrations.
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