last year, she accepted the invitation again. Why? Because she had "run a 5k" on her summer bucket list. Go figure. The muttered comments ie: "stupid running," and "I hate this" etc. were not quite as bad as last year. But all the same, this 5k for her was something to be tolerated or endured rather than enjoyed. Brandon surprised me by agreeing to run. I think it's because I kept telling him that despite the fact that he could run faster than me, I was doubtful that he could keep it up for a longer distance than just a mile. About a minute into the race, he turned to me and said, "See you at the finish, then?" and took off in his little Vibram five-finger shoes. And yes, he finished his 5k in 29:58....a good 6 minutes before me. But in my defense, maybe I could've kept up with him had I not been trying to encourage Julianne who had an awful side ache (along with her lovely attitude.) She fully claims that had I ditched her she would've been cursing me in her head. :)
(We tried to keep cool with a bunch of little hand-held, battery operated fans and lots of drinking water. )
Extreme heat and I don't get a long. Which is why, though I love living in a place that has four distinct seasons, summer is my least favorite. But the 4th of July is a day where I will happily and willingly tolerate the heat and the sweat rolling down my back to enjoy the festivities. I love me a good Independence Day parade. I was a little disgruntled this year, though. With sirens blaring, the fire department rolled truck after truck down the parade route. Then the police motorcycles. The city council drove by in various convertible cars. The cheerleaders and the (huge) high school marching band came next. All good stuff, but I'm thinking "Where is the flag????" My favorite part of the whole parade...standing up with all my neighbors and townsfolk up and down the route, all of us with hand over heart as the flag goes by at the very beginning of the parade, and then the reverence and deference for our country's flag dissolving into grateful applause and cheers for the veterans that come next. This is not only the best part of the parade, but the most important, in my opinion. Where was it??? After the marching band, finally they came. And the flag didn't come by on it's own accompanied by a color guard...no, it was just on the back of one of the veterans trucks. I have to admit, I was deeply disappointed. Seemed to me that the parade organizers got it terribly wrong this year.
This year I got talked into letting Lilian join the mini cheer camp run by the local high school cheerleaders...a few of which live in our neighborhood. Cheer leading is really not my thing....at least not for my 5-year old. I'm not really a fan of young kids shaking their booty and doing moves that make them look like they are 5 going on 16....that's just my opinion. But I liked helping my neighbors with their fundraiser and Lilian enjoyed going to the cheer camp with her friends. They performed at the big carnival right after the parade and I have to admit, Lilian did look pretty cute. Plus, she adores her new t-shirt....
Luckily the evening wasn't as broiling and while the kids ran happily amok, we enjoyed good food and the company of great neighbors. The stereo providing the soundtrack to our evening turned into a karaoke and dancing contest this year once again. Apparently this is becoming a neighborhood tradition. And then the music died down in favor of the booms and whistles of fireworks when it got dark enough. And wow, what a show! Enough oohs and ahhs to make you feel like you were at a professional show. What can I say, our neighborhood takes their fireworks seriously. :) It was a tiring but happy day. I love the 4th of July!