Fourth of July

When I was young in Bristol, I would count the days until the Fourth of July.  You see, this day was the mother of family gatherings.

“I see Aunt Cathy and Uncle Joe…and Keri, Michael, and Steven, too!” I would shout with excitement. 

We were ready to celebrate the oldest parade in the country!

Stepping inside the back door, I could smell the oil cooking the doughboys on my grandmother’s stove before even entering the kitchen.

“Doughboys are ready!” my grandmother would announce to my five younger siblings and me.

In minutes, my fingers would be covered in the powdered sugar I generously sprinkled atop a cooled treat.  No Fourth of July was complete without Gram’s doughboys.

With full bellies, clad in patriotic clothing, and the promise of seeing some stellar floats, we made our way to the family blanket to watch the parade curbside.

10 thoughts on “Fourth of July

  1. First – I love memoir. Second – have you seen the movie Avalon? It centers on a family’s traditions and the Fourth of July is central to these generations. And third – what clear images. This one especially: Stepping inside the back door, I could smell the oil cooking the doughboys on my grandmother’s stove before even entering the kitchen … I am there with you,

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    • I have not seen the movie, but will need to check it out! Fourth of July is such a huge family tradition that has evolved over the years now that the six of us all have our own families. Our children love it as much as we do and look forward to it with the same yearning! Think I’ve only missed 2 parades in my whole lifetime! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Love this and LOVE that you went to Rose and Lynne’s session. They are the best. We were so sad we were at the same time. It was great to meet you in person. Hoping you are wings…

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by! YES! It was a wonderful session today! I used their Nonfiction Mentor Texts to guide instruction during our informational writing unit this year. Laurie and I attended many sessions together over the last few days! Small world! While we don’t teach at the same school, we are in the same district and hope to collaborate over the summer to revamp grammar instruction and have healthy dialog about writer’s workshop. There’s so much to learn, and the journey is blessed when like minds unite! Many thanks again!

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