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Wandering July 4, 2004 Bloomington Indiana!

July 4th is an interesting holiday. First, that was not the day the actual declaration of Independence was signed. It is more the day it was announced. It is a bittersweet day for our family. My father loved the 4th of July as my mother does. They hosted for many years a party at their house on the 4th. We would wander to view the Bloomington Parade at my sister’s office. It was near the corner of Walnut Street and 10th street. We set up there for some years. The pictures today are from 2004. It seems funny now, to see the kids all so small. One of them is now married. One of them is getting married in September 2019. One of them now lives in Seattle.

Then, looking back, we had a group of really cool kids. What is now, is a collection of really cool adults. Preparing to start their lives. The youngest now in college. It seems different now when you consider what was and what is. Today is the 3rd of July I am reflecting on the many 4th of July parades I have seen. I went to one once in Milwaukee Wisconsin with my grandparents, and one in Madison Wisconsin. I’ve been to the Chicago Illinois 4th of July parade. But the ones that come to mind, the ones that remember are those when we were all together in Bloomington Indiana. As a child, you artifice the parades. You wait and hold your breath for the parade.

As an adult, you get to watch the children, your children as they anticipate the way you did all those years before. Sitting on a chair, watching things go by was always amazing. Watching the kids scramble to get candy was also hilarious. In part, because they always shared. If one child didn’t get any candy, the others always handed that child one of theirs. There was a closeness in that group that was always fun to watch. My sisters had three kids, and we had three kids there, so it was an even group of 6. They were always having fun. The 4th was a magical time then, one that is lost to the vagaries of history. Revisionism makes those the happiness times, They aren’t always the happiest times, just the times we remember.

Most of my mother's grandchildren in shirts Courtney designed!

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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      • Sometimes the theme is not my favorite but I want to reward people who I appreciate whatever the way. Sometimes it is because of some other reasons and I comment all day like that on each post, and sometimes I just can’t express myself quite good.

      • I also comment more than I post. Some people post several posts a day and I post once in several days. It is more important to me people to see what I posted, and when there are no more comments I post a new article. And I also tend to comment on as many new posts that I can, and it’s not every day that I manage to comment so that is one more reason that I tend to “cover” as many new posts (that I like and of the people who I appreciate or have to “return a favor”) that I can… Although I’m usually much “in advance” when it comes to commenting and opening and upvoting than other people are to my posts…, and still, I have to comment first sometimes because not everyone goes through the Latest list as I do but just go visit the people who visit them…

      • (I just think I already do a lot and much more than some people who criticize and moralize do in order to be “judged”… I think opening all of their posts, upvoting and commenting whenever I can in quite enough attention which some don’t understand nor appreciate. For example some people post several posts a day, expect views and comments while rarely giving their attention to other users..)

      • For example, some people don’t understand that writing “great post and information” can also mean “I read your post, it is great, but I can’t say anything else because I’m not interested in or don’t know anything about that theme”, but people are too subjective and take things personally in a place which is not meant for that. I don’t know you nor anyone else here… And some of them don’t even answer such comments, not having in mind some other things…

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