Thursday, July 11, 2013
Food and fireworks
It didn’t look good for the Burlesons’ 4th of July fireworks.
We drove to Alabama Thursday, shortly after noon, and our only assignment for the celebration was to purchase fireworks en route to Hamilton.
I was told, “We have plenty of food.”
As we neared Tupelo, the sky in front of us did not look good – dark clouds.
We stopped in Itawamba County, at the Peppertown exit, for the purchase of fireworks. After some browsing, we decided on a variety pack and a huge Roman candle with 140 shots. Then as we were walking toward the cash register, I heard one of the workers tell another customer to “try this; you will like it; it’s great.” So I bought a “Super Stallion.”
We left after spending about $50.
Then as we reached Alabama, we started having doubts about whether or not fireworks would even be a part of our celebration.
It started raining – and after we arrived at my sister’s house, it rained harder, and harder and the wet stuff just kept on coming down.
It didn’t hamper the grilling, thank goodness, which my brother-in-law had started early that morning.
The statement, “we have plenty of food,” was on target.
There were ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, banana pudding, green beans, deviled eggs and the list goes on and on and on.
With the rain continuing after our mid-afternoon meal, there was no fishing in the pond or wading in the creek.
So we gathered at the table for one of our favorite activities when all get together – a board game. Pam carried one of our newest ones – The Logo Game.
We divided into four teams of two – Hugh and Vickie, Roger and Gayla, Pam and I, and Emma and Andy.
Roger and Gayla won. Like Hugh said, they were lucky; they got the easiest questions.
Pam and I were a close second.
We had tons of fun – lots of joking and laughing.
As we finished the game, we looked outside and could see a break in the clouds, even some sunshine. The rain had stopped.
The fireworks show was on go.
But first, Emma requested to go to Roger’s shooting range. We had about 30 minutes before dark, just enough time for her to take some target practice – with both a rifle and a pistol.
Andy and I shot some, too.
There was no competition, but I think Emma was on target the most.
Back at the house, it was dark enough to enjoy the fireworks.
The variety pack was OK. The giant Roman candle was good. But the highlight was the “Super Stallion” – a steady steam of beautiful outbursts going high in the sky. Now I know; next time I will buy two or three of those.
We wrapped up our 4th of July activities Friday with a trip to Sardis Lake Christian Camp, where our youngest child, Erin, was a camper all week.
We enjoyed a performance by Cornerstone, an all-male a’cappella quartet from Faulkner University, plus good fellowship with a lot of good friends from various churches in the area.
It was a nice ending to an enjoyable two days – celebrating God, family, friends, the United States of America and its freedoms.
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