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Happy 4th!

July 4, 2013

Proud to be American!

I love to go to the 4th of July parade in Thomaston each year. I have fond memories of my children year after year waiting anxiously by the Post Office for the parade to start. The American flags, military color guards, balloons, bands, floats with young and older people, fire trucks from all the surrounding towns, and people in costume representing days gone by. Afterwards we walk to the chicken barbecue line and watch the workers flipping the grates as we moved closer to the hot chicken and all the fixins’. Even as our sons have grown we continue to go and visit with friends, some we haven’t seen since the last 4th of July.

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I can’t help but stop and pause and smile about my parents 4th of July’s. They were married on the day we celebrate our country and I don’t know anybody more patriotic than my folks. Even at age 90 just before my Dad passed away he was emotional about the symbols of our country. I can picture my Mom with my sister this 4th, at age 95, putting on her red, white, and blue scarf in recognition of the special day.

I love this time of year with fresh strawberries and peas. We managed to get a supper in on the deck this week with fresh salmon cooked on the grill with a salad and fresh peas. I spent some time this week freezing strawberries, making jam, and preparing some to last the week for eating on oatmeal in the mornings. The special treat will be home made ice cream with fresh berries.

Summer in Maine doesn’t last long but it is special! And, a time to stop and pause and remember how fortunate we are to live in a country where life really is wonderful! Happy 4th of July!

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