All you want to do on the Fourth of July is live like a character featured in an amazing line of a great country song sang by Garth Brooks, The Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Allan Jackson, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Faith Hill or Trisha Yearwood.
You want barbeques, family, good times, good music, tasty drinks, relaxation, fireworks and a moment of appreciation for the soldiers out there in the world.
You wanted Zen moments on a hot summer day.
The top five things you did not want …
5. You did not want to go to the market for the third time in one day because someone forgot the tomatoes.
4. You did not want to spend time scrubbing toilets in the afternoon.
3. You did not want to go to your in-laws.
2. You did not want a cranky toddler who was in full-blown crazy mode for two hours because someone “forgot” when her nap time was while they were at their parents’ house … the same nap time she’s had for the past three years. The same.
1. You didn’t want to come home to find someone in your family had cooked 10 out of the 12 burgers in a frying pan … on the stove. Not on the grill … you know the BBQ grill.
You needed a life-preserver because this day was looking nothing like a country song.
Who or what saved it in the end?
Being able to still watch the matinée showing of Earth to Echo with my son.
Being able to eat a hamburger … the one cooked on the grill.
My iTunes playlist that featured Five O’Clock Somewhere at exactly the right time.
Kids with sparklers and glow in the dark neon glow sticks.
Ben & Jerry’s.
Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting and patriotic sprinkles.
Hope your Fourth of July had sprinkle-worthy moments.