“Look out into the July night, and see the broad belt of silver flame which flashes up the half of heaven, fresh and delicate as the bonfires of the meadow-flies…”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~
The very word "July", in my mind, is attended by fireworks and streamers. Of course, it is the month in which we celebrate our country's independence. And, oh, the celebrations! I have the fondest childhood memories of this holiday which centered for many years around my great aunt’s yard. There was always soda in glass bottles and burgers on the grill - the smoke curling upward through the huge old trees. And potato salad and watermelon and cake for dessert! And noise, wonderful noise! All through the neighborhood you heard pops and bangs and whistles as friends and neighbors set off their own small fireworks.
As dusk neared our excitement mounted to a fever pitch. Now was the time to light the sparklers which we whirled and twirled (no running!), throwing the delicate, silvery sparks a'flying. When the sparkler was spent it was almost as great a pleasure to slip the hot poker into the requisite bucket of water and hear it hiss its demise!
The culmination of the day was the local fireworks display. We staked our claim to a spot on the front lawn, eyes fixed on the darkened sky. That first great "boom!" let us know it was time ~ here they come, here they come ~ one after the other! We had names for them all...whistling fishes (one of my favorites)...spiders (those were the hugest, grandest of all)...butterfly and mercury and comet... crackers and bangers, flares and crossing stars!
Happy birthday, America! We are blessed, indeed!
Early Work Mercantile...
Visit my Early Work Mercantile page where you will find a a sweet little strawberry pinkeep and necklace set, vintage silverplate plant markers (now that gardening season is in full swing), and three antique samplers (two are redwork – perfect for July)! P.S. ~ Forgive me if the flags are flying backward in the middle photo. I think there is some protocol about pointing them in the other direction but didn't realize I had them backward until just now as I was posting the pictures.
I’ve a wonderful reproduction sampler for your stitching pleasure this month! Elizabeth Baker’s sampler has the best red, white, and blue color palette, lots of floral motifs, a little dog with a red collar, and a sweet border of red blooms. Elizabeth Baker is available under Featured Items as well as on Pattern Mart!
Until next month, my friends...
Wave your parade flags, enjoy a glass of lemonade, and enjoy these blessed days of summer…
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"Adorn thyself with grace & truth."
~~Old Sampler Verse~~