Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Memories

Welcome friends and Happy 4th of July!  Our family really doesn't have any special traditions for the 4th.  My parents owned one of the three mom and pop grocery stores in our community.  I mean really old fashioned, penny candy, penny cookies, gas was .29 a gallon.  Everyone had a charge account.  Most folks did not have a car so daddy would pick families up on the first of the month, they would pay the previous month's bill and buy that month's groceries.  Every 4th of July daddy would get a truck load of watermelons.  As each family would load into the truck for daddy to drive them home,  daddy would always say to the youngest child, go pick out any watermelon and if you can carry it to the truck you can have it for free.

The smaller the child the bigger the watermelon they would pick out. Everyone would have the best time watching the child struggling with the watermelon, some watermelons rolled into the middle of the highway.  Some watermelons were dropped and split in half and some watermelons actually made it to the truck.

Of course daddy gave every family a  4th of July watermelon. 

My Daddy was retired from the Army.
My husband is retired from the Air Force.

I am thankful every day that I am allowed to live free in this glorious land!

Do you have any special 4th of July memories or traditions?


  1. No real traditions here, but I am very thankful for those who have served to keep us free.
    Have a great weekend and Happy 4th!

  2. thank you and your hubby for all that you have given all of us! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. The story about your daddy is so fun!! Sounds like a good ole' boy. Happy 4th!

  4. Jeanette,
    How wonderful a story! Your folks sound like fantastic loving people, guess that's where you got it from!
    Dee Dee

  5. What a beautiful story, you must have had a wonderful childhood.. Happy 4th of July my friend..
    hugs ~lynne~

  6. What a great story -- it's wonderful to have such wonderful memories about your Dad. Happy 4th to you -- hope you're having watermelon.

  7. Wow..what a wonderful story..sending you a great big Canadain Hug..we love you guys!
    Happy 4th of July!

  8. So thankful for all that our service men and women do to protect our freedom! Tell your husband thanks!

  9. We don't have any 4th of July traditions but my cousin and my mom share a birthday on the 5th so we usually have a gathering and celebrate them.