Sunday, July 15, 2007

a time at home

Gas is really expensive right now, so it’s nice that I don’t have a car to refuel every so often.  Going home is my personal refueling.  I was home for a week to celebrate the birthdays of two friends and the 4th of July, and it was such a great time for me.  Relaxing, refreshing, invigorating.

I love my friends at Calvin, but there is something about the girls who have known me since middle school that is very comforting.  We didn’t become a tight knit group until we were seniors in high school, but we’ve known each other all along.  We have so many shared memories and they’ve seen me grow and become who I am now, all the while supporting and encouraging me.  You know those friend who will drop everything at any time to be there for you?  That’s these girls.  Leah, Sarah, Ashlie, Tana, Andrea.  Ainslee and Jenny weren’t home, and they were dearly missed, but even without the whole group, it is still so wonderful to be with people who know me inside out and still love me unconditionally.

Ashlie and Andrea both had birthdays while I was home, and we got to celebrate my second favorite holiday together.  Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday, but the 4th of July is a close second.  Thousands of people gather in downtown Cedar Rapids to mill around the various food-selling booths and entertainment venues, and to select a spot from which to view the fireworks display later.  We started with a cookout at Sarah’s house, and then headed downtown around 6 pm.  You might think that’s a little early, since fireworks don’t start until it’s dark out, but by the time we arrived at 6:30, the space was already filling up with people.  We staked out a spot near Andrea’s parents and then we still had about three hours to kill.  Some of us wandered around, hoping to see some familiar faces.  Others just chatted and read magazines.  We all spent the final hour and a half sitting on our blanket and talking.  I can talk to those girls forever it seems.

We also engaged in one of our favorite activities: taking goofy pictures.

The fireworks started about 9:45, and as per Cedar Rapids’ tradition, the display was correographed to patriotic music.  I love fireworks, although I could do without those bright flash ones that make the loudest noise.  The fireworks display never lasts long enough for me, and it actually felt even shorter than usual this year, but it was still great.  I just love the excitement and energy of the 4th of July in Cedar Rapids.

I also just love being home.  I get to see my parents every day, joke with my sister, and everything is comfortable and the way I expect it to be.  Every so often, we all need that.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 07/15 at 07:43 PM

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