Wednesday, July 04, 2007

July 4th

As always, it's a joy when July 4th rolls along. Here in the land of blogs, Merryville is always the hottest spot of all. I think we all look forward to any holiday in Merryville; but there is just something about celebrating our Independence Day with the dear Staggs family.

In years' past, I have used every type of transportation imaginable--some memorable, some not so. My favorite memory is that of Ulla picking me up on her way in an old gypsy wagon. Now, let me tell you, we arrived in style. Even the most demure ladies were woo-hooing as we pulled into town. This year, I'm taking the mid-day Merryville Express straight to the festivities. I have no time to waste (being behind because of my indecision in this year's outfit) . Since this train is an express, I'll be in Merryville before you can spell I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E!

As tradition goes, I've pulled some old photos out from last year. They sure do bring back some fun memories.

While the "Float Committee" was posing for this photo, the wives all jumped into the
Carnation Wagon and lined up for the parade. We spent all night long decorating this beauty! Mrs. Staggs is always in charge of driving as Mr. Staggs doesn't trust anyone else driving his prized possession. I'm surprised he allows us to decorate it each year. All I can say is, he must truly love that Mrs. Staggs!

Here, the freshly betrothed Maggy Flue and Wilbur Flannigan are taking their engagement spin through town.
We were fortunate enough to NOT be stuck behind the old vinegar wagon last year! Lordy. Almost did us in two year's ago--peeee-yew!

Last year, the Swetman family were the Grand Marshalls and lead the parade through town. That little Swetman boy sure was a pain. As we were all following behind, he was throwing firecrackers out the back. I'm sure glad there were no horses directly behind them; we could have had quite a runaway parade if that had been the case!

Well, I best be getting down to the train station if I'm going to make it! Wishing all a wonderful fourth!


Mrs. Staggs said...

Oh, at the memories we've made together my dear friend Rosa! Life is ever so much more fun in Merryville when you drop by! I can hardly wait to see your festive attire. I should warn you though...our dear Clarice has had a little mix-up with the lemonade and you'd best stick to the iced tea this year, unless you're planning to stay over. I'm off to help her brew up some coffee now!

Psst! Don't tell anyone, but I had myself a talk with the little Swetman boy and a few others this mornin'. I don't think there'll be any firecracker throwin'from the back of any cars this year!

Storybook Woods said...

Ohh thank you for the taking us down memory lane. That was quite a parade last year. I will be on the look out this year for you in all your finery. You are always the best dressed xoxox Clarice

PEA said...

Happy 4th of July to you and yours dear Rosa:-) I've had all my American friends in mind today!! I wish I lived close enough to Merryville to join you in the celebrations...I have heard how wonderful Mrs. Staggs festivities always are:-) xox

Mrs.E said...

Been enjoying your posts :) Happy 4th to you and yours!

LisaOceandreamer said...

You are absolutely so clever and fun...hope you made the train on time. :) Hope you had a great 4th!
I will have to stop by Mrs. Staggs, I haven't been by there in a while.

Anonymous said...

Very fun 4th of July post. Love the old photos.

Take care,

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I had forgotten about Mrs. Staggs having a friend in my own backyard!
I have been reading your posts for probably an hour now. Love the frog photos and the vacation home. I am also raising boys and my mom is almost 80. You've made me hungry for beignets and muffalettas! Lets fly Mrs. Staggs down here and show her around :)

meg said...

Sounds like a rip-roarin' good time was had by all; I do so love a train trip & hope you made it in plenty of time.
You have the sweetest little writing assistant there- I'm certain her presence will liven up the office; reminds me a bit of my Dahlia- just wants to have fun, but keeps ending up in a pickle.
Speaking of which, forgive my ingorance, but what exactly is a half-sour? My boys would probably love it.



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