Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Ok, so I'm a little late in wishing everyone a happy fourth of July. But I don't think that will surprise most of devoted readers.

One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mom putting my hair in pigtails. I would beg her all year to put my hair in pigtails. She would only do it on the 4th of July. I know she was busy. She had 3 little ones to take care of and her mother was sick and lived us for a while. My hair was long and always had knots. It was a chore for her to brush it or do anything with it. So the 4th of July was special. I felt like a princess when she practically pulled my scalp off with the comb used Johnsons No More Tangles and brushed my hair. Then she would use a little bit of conditioner until all the knots were gone and my hair was free. She would put it in pigtails and I would dance around the house until it was time to go to the fireworks.

I don't remember actually going to the fireworks or anything else other than the pigtails.

I have 2 boys. No girls. So I can't continue the pigtail tradition. (Their father might kill me if I tried!) Sometimes I wonder what my kids will remember from their childhood. Will they remember that my husband and I took them to the pancake breakfast at the fire station? Will my 5 year old decorating his scooter so he could ride it in the children's parade? Will my 7 year old remember his father walking belong side him while he rode on the cub scouts float? Will they remember barbecuing hot dogs and sipping soda on the deck? Or will they remember that mom and dad were tired and hot and took a nap in the afternoon while they were left to play video games for a few hours?

It was after 11pm when we came inside from doing fireworks with our neighbors in the cul de sac in front of our house. When I walked my kids upstairs and helped them get ready for bed my 7 year was still very excited. He looked at me and said, "Mom, wasn't this the best night EVER?!"

"Yes, it sure is the best night ever."

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Oh they'll remember. They may not remember all the specifics, but they'll remember the sense of it all and the things that are important to them. Nicely done -- you've got to love the "best ever" types of comments!

Talon said...

I love how our memories work and how it's the little things that mean so much.

Sounds like you had a fabulous day! It will be interesting in years to come to see what memories will be the important ones to your sons.

Mama Goose said...

I loved it when my mother would brush my hair...

Memories are amazing and I'm certain your boys will look back on these times with such love...

Cathy said...

what a great post! i was thinking about what memories mine will have about the 4th, too, and what tradition we'll start. :)

girlytwins said...

Awesome post. I wonder too what my girls will remember about growing up and the memories they will keep.

We had one of the best days ever too :)

And yes I had all those kids over. Last week we had 9 kids over to go swimming one day plus my 2 it was crazy but FUN!

Momisodes said...

Those moments are the best. I know they will treasure those memories just as you have, just not as pig tails :)

Karen said...

Remember my mom pulling my scalp off every morning. You had it easy! I nominated you for the Honest Scrap Award on my blog.

Mama Zen said...

My fondest childhood memory of the 4th is the homemade ice cream!