4th Of July

The 4th of July always makes me a bit nostalgic.  This holiday is a really big deal where I'm from originally.  (Bear Lake County, Idaho.)  The day always included a wonderful community parade and a children's rodeo where the main events were sheep wrestling and chicken chasing.  These were some of my favorite memories of the 4th. For many years we had very large parties on the 4th.  The guest list got as big as 200+ people some years.  I loved these too, but they were a lot of work.  We stopped the year that I was recovering from pneumonia and tried to start it up again the following year (at an air-conditioned hall) but it wasn't the same.  To be a real Rocha 4th of July party, it must include a few illegal fireworks, blow torches, head lamps and a visit from the Sheriff.  Maybe we'll get back to that someday.

The last few years have been very quiet on Independence Day... and that's not a bad thing, but I do regret not making some kind of plan... just to make it significant.  I'm going to work on that for next year.

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite websites, dearphotograph.com.  It's a photo blog where the author re-creates the scenes from the original photographs.  Talk about nostalgia.  I was reminded of it this morning when I was reminiscing about friends, family who have passed.  When I went to the site, I saw that the post today is not only a tribute to the 4th of July... it's a tribute to a family member who died last week.  Take a look at the site when you get a chance.  It's a beautiful example of the power and meaning of our photographs.

So Happy 4th of July everyone... and to close, my favorite quote from Ronald Reagan.  It's good to be reminded that Freedom isn't free.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."