Like a lot of other people in Midland, we bolt out of town for the 4th of July, but it’s not to the lake or to big city spectaculars. We head to Shane’s hometown of Wheeler, TX or Cuchara, CO for some simple American fun.
One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias, is the Christmas Light Festival. I love how they all know each other, and it seems like simpler times. Just some lights and a song and everyone is festive.
That is how I explain the 4th of July in Wheeler to friends. Everyone heads to the park, where an aspiring local is singing country music, there are lots of games for the children, Shane sees friends from school, and of course, all the Borings, except me participate in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Now this competition is for everyone in Wheeler, but in all honesty, our family could care less about anyone else, it’s all about which Boring is the best that year!
The day is topped off with Aunt Nancy’s homemade ice cream, a recipe passed down from the ice cream diva herself, Ruth Wiley, Shane’s grandmother, and one of the best fireworks shows, I have ever seen and then a street dance on Main street by the Courthouse, only to be followed with Shane and the boys’ crazy fireworks after.
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Everyone in Wheeler lights up the sky with fireworks sold by the local boy scouts until the wee hours of the morning, and we have supported the local troop for years!!! I am thankful to my Mother in Law for the memories because… It is simply perfect!
This year, we are going to Cuchara, Colorado for the 4th of July. Our family goes to this small town every summer in Colorado and it is “our special place” full of memories. We have only spent one other 4th of July there, but like Wheeler it is full of simple family traditions. We will go “downtown” and watch the parade, then enjoy the BBQ. After, we will bask in the amazing creation that is America in the heart of the Rocky Mountains fishing and hiking. Not as explosive and much, much quieter, but again, it will be simply perfect!
However you spend your 4th of July, I hope it is simply perfect. God Bless America!