A happy July 4th


We had a lovely July 4th at home even though this was the first holiday without my brother and his family. I didn’t know until today what it would feel like to not celebrate with my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, what it would be like to not even have the option to invite them over which we have done on most holidays for the past seven years. And friends, it sucks very much.


Despite this big absence or maybe because of it, we stuffed our bellies with barbecue and watermelon and ate and ate and ate.


We lit small sparklers and weak fireworks that barely made a sound. The boys ran around and posed and were more than enough entertainment.




Back home, our neighbors celebrated with way more fireworks and pew pew pew devices. We stood as a small family on a small balcony while this large sky lit up above us, giving these two pumped up kids a reason to repeat like a litany: “Look over there! No! Look over there!”


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