|It is funny what you remember|
|Written by News Desk|
|Friday, 05 July 2013 11:20|
By Sarah Stephens
It was July 4, 1976 and I was eight. The town of Haughton, Louisiana was celebrating in grand style that year, as it was the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
My mother had worked for weeks to sew me a costume to wear in the parade through our small town. I remember it had a bonnet of some sorts that looked like something Betsy Ross would have worn. In fact, I think my entire costume was supposed to mimic Betsy Ross.
We gathered at the Haughton Library where we watched a cartoon about Independence Day, and then me and a bunch of other kids joined in with horses and wagons, and cars, and a hoopla of other folks as we walked through town.
I remember my parents explaining to me the significance of the day, and I remember thinking how important it was, and how I was playing a small role by walking in the paradeThis July 4 there will be lots of fireworks, and barbecues, boats on the river and in the lakes, and much celebration. Hopefully in all of that fun, someone will remember the reason for the day, the true meaning of it, and take a moment to think of those original 56 signers from the 13 colonies.
If you ever get bored, look up what happened to those 56 men. Many of them lost everything, including their lives, for signing that document.
Their signatures started a firestorm that eventually freed our new country from a tyrannical government that wanted to suppress our freedoms. We have weathered some storms in our history. We are in the middle of some of the most difficult times right now. But I know in my heart that our country is still strong and proud. We will weather this as well as long as cool heads rule and there are still those willing to stand up to tyranny.
May all of you have a blessed Fourth of July holiday, but take a moment to remember what the day means.
As I am typing this, a nasty storm is rolling through Deatsville, Alabama. It knocked down part of a tree and blocked my driveway. The torrential rain has come through my bay window into the kitchen and water has seeped into my basement.
But I will take a wet, stormy summer over a drought any day. It almost makes me feel like I am back at home in Louisiana, where when I was growing it was common to have a thunderstorm almost every day in the afternoon.
The only differences are: People here are taller, they cannot cook as well, and they pull for the wrong football teams. But I will take what I can get.
Speaking of football, the comments are already beginning on social media about who will reign supreme in the stadiums in the SEC. For the life of me, I do not understand the football fans in Alabama. Perhaps it is you have more than one flagship university in this state. The hatred between Auburn and Alabama fans absolutely amazes me.
And the hatred from most of these same folks towards me as an LSU fan? Well, I could tell you some stories. My favorite is the Roll Tide guy who spit on me one time in the Millbrook Wal-Mart because I had on my LSU jacket. All I can say about that is I can pretty much guarantee you he will never make that mistake again.
When people ask me who I pull for, I always give the same answer. Unless they are playing LSU, I pull for Alabama or Auburn. If they are playing each other, I always pull for the underdog, and in recent years that has been Auburn. But we all know that could change at any time.
Tonight I am scheduled to attend my first Chicken Auction in Millbrook. Until yesterday, I was unaware of this festive event. I understand that a wide variety of animals go up for auction each week. I am in the market for some chickens, and if a baby pig happens to go up for bid, my husband is going to be very, very angry with me. Stay tuned, I believe there will be some serious column material to come out of my adventure.
Until next time...
|Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 11:28|
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