ooh wee, ed and i are headin' to the lake house of one of our favorite married couples. sparklers snapping and glittering. fireworks exploding in the sky above a fleet of speed boats, pontoons, and chris-crafts. burgers. stripey shirts and straws. red lipsticked mouths. blue ridge mountains. starry skies. i can't wait. how will y'all be spending the fourth???
p.s this holiday always makes me think of my mom. she has always been proud to be an american, loves to sing "you're a grand ole flag", and we always had plenty of sparklers. and she loves her a good flag.
*it was brought to my attention that "stars and bars" is not slang for the american flag, but the confederate flag. which (personally) is not a flag i would ever celebrate. i apologize for any misunderstandings and am thankful this error was pointed out to me.