A Celebration of Independence and Freedom

Mother Goose and her family enjoyed a traditional Fourth of July celebration, as well you might expect from an old goose..

Our perspiration flowed freely at the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July parade. It was such a fun parade with marching bands, horses, bagpipers, old cars and floats. Some towns simply parade their Boy Scouts, librarians and endless politicians, but the parade we attended had EVERYTHING! Even these somewhat troubling clown musicians playing that old song Pink Cadillac…

They parked right in front of us and looked right into our eyes for more than ten minutes…

Mother Goose likes bagpipers….for about four minutes.

This was beautiful, but I forgot to stand up for the flags and was chastised by one of the riders….

I was definitely standing when these brave veterans walked by.

Mother Goose really likes old cars.

There was one float with a little old lady in it. She may have been a couple years older than Mother Goose. Perhaps it was the Daughters of the American Revelation club or else the Glen Ellyn Old Women’s club. Anyway, she blew me a kiss.

After the parade ended, we were walking back to our car. In the parking lot, Mother Goose spotted a soldier dressed in desert camos. He had a regal Rottweiler on a harness. Of course, Mother Goose had to say “thank you” to him. He told me that he served as an EOD and that his dog had also served as a bomb sniffer. WOW! The heart of Mother Goose went all aflutter to think of how that very special team has served our nation.

For the rest of the blazingly hot day, we did things to cool ourselves off, including a family outing to see The Amazing Spiderman movie. Mother Goose is not necessarily a movie critic, but I whole-heartedly give it five stars and two thumbs up. Spidey is so free as he goes webbing over the city — not unlike Mother Goose herself when she’s feeling the need to fly.

We were enraptured with the local fireworks show! Oooooh and ahhhhh’s were heard everywhere. Dear AnnaRose was my camera girl for that event.

The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air…

An interesting footnote: we were seated on the side of a very steep hill. Mother Goose is not very steady on her feet, especially after some holiday imbibing for medicinal purposes only. At the conclusion of the pyrotechnic show, Mother Goose simply rolled up in the picnic blanket and launched herself barrel-style down the hill! (Unfortunately, I have no photographs to prove this actually happened. You’ll just have to trust Mother Goose with this one…)

It was all about independence and freedom!

Happy Birthday America! With love from Mother Goose…

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rworking
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 14:22:47

    Fun to read. We enjoyed the parade, too!

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    • Natalie
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:57:06

      Thank you, Russ — I”ve love parades ever since I was a young gosling. I have memories of candy at parades, and that’s what my own kids look for as well.

      Reply

  2. Dana
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 15:45:36

    I hate clowns, sounds like a very nice 4th would have loved to see the barrel roll, isn’t that how I broke your leg as a teenager?

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    • Natalie
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 08:59:07

      Clowns are disturbing for sure. I have trouble making eye contact with them. As far as breaking my leg goes, that was not so much a log roll as a head over heels tumble down the hill. But thanks for remembering!

      Reply

  3. Dianna
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 20:24:50

    Sounds like a perfect day!

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  4. Three Well Beings
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 01:51:08

    What a wonderful birthday party! How fun to attend such a traditional parade and have a whole town come together for the purpose of remembering our patriotic blessings! Love the photos! Debra

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    • Natalie
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:00:27

      Thank you Debra! I think my husband and children are always very surprised at how excited I get about parades — I wave and clap and babble through the whole thing. The older I get, the more fun they are…

      Reply

  5. Bunn
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 05:50:05

    Holiday imbibing lol I love it!
    You seriously did a log roll down the hill??
    Did you wipe out many folks?
    What a fun holiday!

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  6. jeff noel
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 06:01:34

    America at it’s best…living it’s citizens proud and patriotic. πŸ™‚

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    • Natalie
      Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:03:59

      At the fireworks, I realized that all across America we were gathering to celebrate our freedom. It suddenly became as important as a church worship service to congregate in that way…

      Reply

  7. yearstricken
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:16:44

    Next time you do the log roll, ask someone to videotape it. πŸ™‚

    Reply

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