Saturday, July 7, 2012

Celebrating the 4th on the 3rd

The place where Mom lives had their big 4th of July celebration on July 3rd.  Larry and I joined her for the festivities.  There were red, white, and blue decorations everywhere, inside and out.  Before we even entered, the smell of barbecue greeted us.   We found Mom and joined the other residents and their families in the dining room.

After visiting for a while, it was time for the meal.  At our table there was a man who had served in World War II and whose father had served in World War I.  It was interesting to hear some of his stories during the evening.  The meal was so good and there were lots of options for dessert.  This was my kind of July 4th picnic…great food, no bugs, and air-conditioning.

After the meal, it was time for the entertainment.  Mom is in a handbell choir.  They ring along with songs that are being played.  That night they performed several patriotic numbers.  It was a great time of singing along as the bell choir rang.  It seemed as if everyone knew the words to all of the songs.  One of the selections was the music that has the songs for the different branches of the service.  That is always special since my Dad and niece’s husband, Toby, served in the Navy and my nephew, Erich, served in the Marines.  They concluded their concert with that great American song, “Happy Trails to You.”  Afterwards, they had a  country western band that played.  It was a great night.
Whether it’s on the 3rd or 4th, it’s always a great day to celebrate our country’s birthday…especially with Mom. 
 Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
 2 Chronicles 7: 14
...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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