Celebrating Independence Day – Elkton Style

I hope that everyone had a happy and safe July 4th celebration. Around here, it’s usually the ‘safe’ part that’s questioned!

After an uneventful and rainy day, Les and I made sure the horses were tucked away in their stalls & Cuzzin was hiding under the bed before we left for the annual fireworks display held at the country store.

I know I’ve mentioned these before, but it really is such a spectacular showcase of small town Florida, it needs repeating! Anyone who knows what they’re doing shows up in their pick-up truck, mainly so you have a place to sit – but it’s been proved time and again that the trucks are also much more likely to get out of the severe ditches if the drivers have had too many adult beverages.

So, we show up in our truck, but actually remembered to bring chairs this year instead of enjoying the show from the tailgate. We even remembered to bring extra bug spray. We were on the ball. Les parked next to the guy who started at us without blinking as if trying to figure out where to stash our bodies after he killed us, but who also had a truck full of loud, excited children. We’re a couple of vehicles back from a family who wasn’t savvy enough to bring their truck or sit on the trunk of their car, they plopped their chairs in the middle of the road – so every time a car came by (which was pretty often), they’d yell ‘CAR!’ and have to move and give a commentary on each driver’s ability, such as ‘They aren’t slowing down!’ or ‘I don’t think they see us!’ That one was more common once it was dark.

In years past, there has also been some element of danger to the fireworks. Sometimes they fall over and shoot down the road, scattering observers before exploding, misfire or are duds – this year everything seemed to go off without a hitch! Maybe next year!!

With all the festivities aside – thank you to all members of the military who protect our independence every day.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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