Sherry just reminded me that July 1st is Canada Day. We crossed the border on July 1st, once and they gave us a small Canadian flag, pen.
The Fourth of July is the USA’s Independence Day.
That is the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. In the last few days I have witnessed a video that shows we have a bunch folks in the USA who are ignorant of history. One older man was asked how many world wars had been in his life time and he said three. Several were asked questions of states and had no idea where they were. One guy was asked how many Eiffel Towers there were, and he said, ’About ten’. Some folks did not know how many states were in the USA, or even which ocean was on the East and West.
I am reminded of the lady(in the US) last year who asked Mort, if he was celebrating the 4th of July over there. Mort is a good guy, would not intentionally hurt anyone I think. His answer was, “No sweet heart we lost.” (Something like that.) Anyway we should at least know why we are celebrating a holiday, don’t you think?
Okay, that out of the way, as a kid I loved fire crackers. When I was about six years old, North Carolina outlawed all fireworks. So any fireworks we saw or had came from South Carolina. Now one of my biggest thrills was going to Uncle Irvin O’Shields store in Laurens, SC. It was a combination café and general store. He had firecrackers. Some of them came in rolls. For our entertainment he would drive a nail in a tree or pole as high as he could reach and let that roll of firecrackers unroll down the tree. Then he lit the bottom. There was hundreds on the roll and they just kept on going off. I loved it. He had roman candles and what he called a buzz bomb. It flew high and exploded. Not like now with a beautiful display just a big bang, but it was great. It was a trip going to Uncle Irvins.
We were double kin, I had double first cousins Bobby and Mildred (Sister, she was called until she passed away.) Irvin was mama’s nephew on her side and Aunt Bertha was Dad’s sister. Going to their house on the fourth was the greatest! (When we left uncle Irvin always gave me a fifty cent piece) Uncle Irvin was a good guy!
PS: (another statement by Will Rogers)
. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
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