Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebration and Memories

Tonight in Addison, Texas is there big to do Firework Show known as Kabooms Town. It's in the top 10 in the country as one of the must see firework shows. John and I didn't get chance to go to this year mainly because when we left work we want to get out down town Addison because traffic was going to be a nightmare getting home if we had stayed so we stayed home and enjoyed one of a few evenings off. Thinking about the firework show going on in Addison got me thinking about my childhood memories of Fireworks.

Watching fireworks has been one of my family's traditions ever since I was a little kid.One of my earliest memories comes from Stone Mountain, GA and the Lazar Show. The last time I saw it was back in 1994 or 1993, so I can image that a lot has changed since the last time that I saw it. One of the things, I remember at the end of the show was a song called, "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood. I would stand up tall put my hand over my heart and sing a long with the song. Even today in 2012 that's something I still do. I do it for the same reason I did when I was little, it's away to honor those that have gone on before me, those that serving for our country and those that in the future will serve. I can still remember the burning feeling I felt inside of me when I was kid of how important those rights and how I have to honor my country. I may have been the only one standing and sing that song as a kid, but it's something that I felt I should do.

In 1994 I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. Every year on Labor Day they put on a big firework show called Booms' Day! Where they shoot of Fireworks of Neyland Street Bridge! It's an awesome display set to music.  It was there that I was with my friend Maya and her Mom where we saw the new smiley fires works to the lyrics of "Put a smile on your face and make the world a better place." It was awesome! I just wish that more places would celebrate Labor Day like that! In my opinon that is the best firework show ever! it far exceeds Addison Show. But then again Addisons is the July show and K-town is the Labor day show.

Then I think about the fireworks show in Alcoa and how my parents manged a the city pool there and how we closed the pool early and got to watch the firework show. One memory comes when I was with my Aunt Fran and my family after the pool closed. She and I were having a staring contest. I was 10 and I though I could out stare her. During the staring contest my best friend Samantha comes up and taps me on the shoulder. I had been conctrating so hard on the staring contest I hadn't notice that she taped me on the shoulder. It was what made me loose. Then everyone laugh, still remember everyone's laugh. Sami had come with her parents and brother to come get me to watch fireworks together. It was a lot of fun with them and we got these really cool glow stick bracelets.

Another firework memory comes from the Mcgee family renion in Cali in 2005 and how we had spraklers and shot of fireworks at Larry's house from the ladder in the the street it was a lot of fun. Epecially since I was with my sister.

Looking back I have had a lot firework memories and 4th of July memories. All which I have grained in to my head but felt it was time to type it out. I hope to start sharing more memories of my past and of course the future.