When It Is the 4th of July, but Not.

This morning my 7 year old asked me why they didn’t celebrate the 4th of July here in the United Kingdom.

We explained that the British weren’t so keen to celebrate the Americans’ independence from THEM.

While I have settled in quite nicely here, there are days that I do feel a bit homesick, and today is one of them. Not because I’m fanatically patriotic, but because of how we would have spent the day.

And with that, here is a list of the things I didn’t do for Independence Day:

  1. I wasn’t sitting on a curb on Main Street trying to keep the kids from getting run over by floats as they make mad dashes into the streets to collect candy being thrown at them (or anything else discussed in this Independence Day post from 2009);
  2. I wasn’t getting a bit misty with pride as a mostly elderly troop of Vets march by in full uniform;
  3. I didn’t make a mad drive to my hometown to my Aunt Merrie’s house, where we would swim in the pool and laugh, drink and eat too much;
  4. I won’t be standing on the front porch on my tip-toe to watch the fireworks going off downtown;
  5. or tuning into a Chicago channel to lamely watch the awesome fireworks display going on in Lake MIchigan;
  6. I won’t be eating a truly delicious (and belt-loosening) concoction that consists of ice cream sandwiches layered with Cool Whip and chocolate syrup – a 4th of July tradition around our house;
  7. I won’t be watching my dad light sparklers with a blow torch and panic that someone will put an eye out by;
  8. I didn’t dress my kidlings (Pea) in red, white and blue attire, or at least t-shirts from Old Navy (Boo) that proudly display the American Flag or something similar;
  9. I didn’t eat platefuls of good fried chicken, my aunt’s pasta salad, and my cousin’s awesome deviled eggs. (Why is it so much of my holiday revolves around food???);
  10. I didn’t decorate the front of my house in buntings to compliment the flag that I always flew back home (but feel awkward hanging out here.)

However, in honor of the day, I DID cook dinner on the BBQ grill – Asian turkey burgers with an asian slaw.

Since the Chinese probably own a better part of the US anyway, it’s not too unpatriotic, is it?

{image by awinkandasmile via weheartit }

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.

You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

~Erma Bombeck



  1. You did miss the awesome deviled eggs. (all gone). No icecream dessert this time. We can make it when you come home if you want. I made texas sheet cake instead. Pool was lovely and warm like Merrie always gets it. Missed you…..

  2. Happy 4th of July x

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