In about an hour, sundown will come. In the darkness, people in hundreds and thousands of cities and towns will gather around parks lakes and rivers. Swatting mosquitoes and wincing from sunburns they will wait, Eyes trained on the sky.
A sudden pop and the people will cheer.
Depending on each communities budget, the fireworks show will last any where from ten minutes to hours.
And it is all for me.
Little paper Canadian flags on little wooden sticks given out to all the children who pass? To celebrate the Country of my birth. A million Canadian flag and maple leaf temporary tattoos will be handed out and pasted on tiny arms and tummies. Some will paste them on their cheeks, to better remind them as they look in the mirror, the reason they celebrate.
I know this because my daddy told me so.
I was very young. This is my Oldest Memory. We were visiting my grandparents and were standing at the banks of the lake, waiting with so many others. He held me in his arms so I could see better. The noise bothered me and I wanted to go home.
But, whispering in my ear he told me this was how the entire Country told me Happy Birthday. He told me that it was for me they had cakes and balloons and parades and face painting, that the whole of Canada loved me so much, they wanted to be sure my birthday, July 2, came in with a blast. Would my daddy lie to me? I think not!
Thanks Canada, I love you too!
Shelli: You remembered Hoops and YoYo are my favorite!
Mr.Fab &Avitable : You both got together to pick the same card? LOL
NotAGranny: Learning Linkage one day, sending E cards the next. You're fast!
MetalMom: Two cards! Coolness - I'm loved!
Finn: The Kids and I really enjoyed the skydiving candle!
Twisted Cinderella: that was cool, That was a fun Card to play!
Shelia: It might not have been an E-Card, but you put my face on your blog, so thanks!
Sans: George Bush? That was odd. Funny. But odd. I did have fun with the sex one!
Jen: I'm in your sidebar! Thanks!
Monkee: Fiestas are fun, but siestas are better LOL!
Webmiztris: I had trouble opening my "package" so I just licked the screen!
RoxDar; Catch; Coffee Mom;
Tug; Squirrel; NYCWD
Pee ess: Don't fucking forget, bluepaintred at gmail dot com. I WANT E-Birthday cards dammit! You have till midnight July second. I do have hit men waiting in the wings for those of you who can't be bothered to push a few freaking buttons and send me some goddamn birthday lovin'!