Our neighborhood has an Independence Day parade celebration. When we first bought our home and began the updating process, many of our neighbors stopped by and introduced themselves. One of them was Ray, 2 houses down, and 90-something retired air force pilot who had served in WW2. He told us about the annual parade, and we have not been disappointed. Sadly Ray died late last year, so this was our first year, first parade without him.
We have met many of the neighbors in our immediate area, and several others we know by sight or from Halloween trick or treating and Easter egg hunts. It’s a pleasant community and M and I feel so fortunate to be part of it. This morning, seeing so many of our neighbors and their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren participating in the parade or lining the streets to watch is a good feeling. It’s community at its finest.
The kids are coming by later with friends, so we will have a house full. We have chicken sausages, bbq chicken, and turkey burgers on the menu, along with potato salad (K, son’s girlfriend is making), deviled eggs (C, my daughter is bringing), macaroni salad, baked beans, corn on the cobb, chips and salsa, and a couple of pans of layered dip that I always view with grave doubt and which is consumed completely. I was also up early making a couple batches of cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies for desserts. It sounds like a lot of food, but I am terrified of running out of food. With 20 people, many of them athletic/runner friends of M and my son, it could happen.
With the pool, food, and adult beverages brought by our guests who imbibe, it will be a fun afternoon. I also stocked up on sunscreen and have the bottle of aloe vera ready, just in case.
The funny thing to me … this is sort of an unplanned party coming together overnight. I knew the kids were coming over, as well as my young pregnant friend and her 2 roommates, but then G and C both asked if they could invite a few friends who had no plans for the day and of course I said yes. We are a pretty hospitable family around here.
I hope you are all having a wonderful day. I hear cars out front and should get to tending to guests.