We had a quiet Fourth, for the most part, choosing to stay around the house instead of venture out to the many celebrations in the area. While the firework displays are nice, we just weren't in the mood to fight the traffic and the summer weather pattern we're in now means afternoon and early evening showers can pop up anywhere. We chose to stay inside where it was cool and dry. We celebrated with BBQ ribs, corn on the cob and fresh peach crisp...yum!
And we did a little flag waving too. Well, technically we just stuck it in the ground; Mother Nature did the waving.
The flag itself appeared in our mailbox Tuesday evening, a gift from a local realtor. He drove through our neighborhood placing a flag in every mailbox, all 600 or so of them. It was a nice flag, too...about a foot long on a sturdy 2' stick. Old Glory was carefully wound around that stick and secured with a little sticker saying it was a curb flag, identifying the benefactor, and wishing each recipient a Happy Fourth of July. Implied was the message that you should display it at your curb in honor of the nation's birthday. I thought it was a delightful idea and appreciated his generosity even if I'm sure a secondary motive was to promote the giver's business.
The neighborhood participation rate? About 50% by my unofficial survey on my evening walk. There would be a cluster of homes, each with a flag waving proudly at the curb, followed by a series of homes with nary a hint of red, white or blue to be seen. And, surprisingly, there were a number of flags still resting in the paper slot of the family mailbox. It's a shame, really...it doesn't get any easier than someone delivering a free flag virtually to your door and still you can't plant it in the ground for a day? It made me appreciate all that much more those would purchased extra flags on their own and lined the curb with six or eight of them.
I'll be retrieving my little flag in the morning before we tackle the mowing. It's such a nice little flag...I think it deserves to celebrate Veteran's Day too.