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Monday, July 03, 2006

“Watch the skies, everywhere, keep looking! Keep watching the skies!” ~ THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, 1951



In keeping with Drylie Family tradition, Dad, Mo and I will be staying home again for the Fourth of July. Eileen is at camp with the youth and you know where you are.

Falling in the category of ‘drunken holidays’ (along with New Year’s Eve, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Christmas Eve……I think I see a pattern here), we in our house elect to stay home, keep off the roads unless emergency requires it and watch fireworks over our backyard pool.

Last year, I was hit by an exploding mortar. Thankfully, the projectile deflected first off my dear sister’s underwire and I was only marginally injured. (Tee was momentarily shocked, but completely unharmed. The garment was returned for a full refund). The bruise on my upper arm lasted for weeks, but the experience burned into my brain and proved to me what years of television news hype had never quite been able to do over the years.

Fireworks are dangerous. Just ask the British.

In honor of the Fourth of July, I borrowed the following from the School House Rock website. You remember them don’t you? ~ "A Noun Is a Person, Place or Thing"…… "Mother Necessity"…. “I'm Just a Bill"…. "Three Ring Government"…. "Telegraph Line" … Where would I be without those songs? Eileen and Pat used them to learn their multiplication tables! So did YOU!

The School House Rock Song About the Fourth of July.


Ooh, there's gonna be fireworks
On the Fourth of July
Red, white, and blue fireworks
Like diamonds in the sky
We're gonna shoot the entire works on fireworks
That really show, oh yeah,
We declared our liberty two hundred years ago.
Yeah!

In 1776
There were fireworks too
The original colonists,
You know their tempers blew
Like Thomas Paine once wrote:
It's only common sense
That if a government won't give you your basic rights
You better get another government.
And though some people tried to fight it,
Well, a committee was formed to write it:
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston,
John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson,
They got it done,
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh,
The Declaration of Independence



In 1776
The Continental Congress said that we were free
Said we had the right of life and liberty,
...And the pursuit of happiness!
Ooh, when England heard the news
They blew their stack
But the colonies lit the fuse,
There'd be no turning back
They'd had enough of injustice now
But even if it really hurts, oh yeah,
If you don't give us our freedom now
You're gonna see some fireworks!
And on the Fourth of July they signed it
And fifty-six names underlined it,
And now to honor those first thirteen states,
We turn the sky into a birthday cake.
They got it done
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh,
The Declaration of Independence

In 1776
The Continental Congress said that we were free
Said we had the right of life and liberty,
...And the pursuit of happiness!
We hold these truths to be self evident,
That all men are created equal
And that they are endowed by their creator
With certain unalienable rights.
That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
And if there's one thing that makes me happy,
Then you know that it's
There's gonna be fireworks!



I don't think I could say it better myself.

Be safe.
Keep your head down.
Don't take any wooden nickels.
Never wear white shoes after Labor Day

1 comment:

Beth Donovan said...

Kerri,

I loved your post about the 4th and staying home to watch the fireworks. We sit on our deck and watch them, and keep an eye one the roofs because some of the neighborhood kids do have bottle rockets!