AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: July 2, 2012 | COMMENTS: 3 Comments
This year would have marked our fifteenth annual Savage family cookout. Always held on July 3rd, it was a tradition born out of the simple fact that we’ve always lived in a home that had a stellar view of our local firework display. The party started simple with forty-or-so friends…
… borrowed card tables with plastic table clothes…
… burgers and dogs on the grill, and a pinata to entertain the little ones!
Over the years, however, the event morphed into quite a production complete with rented seating for 200 ….
…inflatable carnival toys,
a band for our listening entertainment, and steaks and ribs for all!
It was a fun celebration (second only to Christmas according to Drew and Ryan), but a ton of work. And that is where our current day reality collided with our long held tradition. I just couldn’t see how I could pull off our regular soiree without officially losing my mind.
So, in the interest of preserving what’s left of my mental health and emotional stability…
… we canceled.
And that’s been hard to accept.
I’m learning, however. Change happens.
Circumstances evolve as our lives unfold.
Adjustment is required!
That’s part of life.
The boys were disappointed when we told them we’d be foregoing the chaos of our annual blowout in favor of a smaller, more intimate get-together. But the idea of hosting a handful of close family friends, appeased them. Especially when I told them they could invite their friends, which was a gesture I may not have thought through all the way. Drew issued an invite via Facebook which means my prep for tomorrow may be busier than I expected.
Regardless, our annual freedom celebration will look very different this year and I’m choosing to look at it in a positive light as the beginning of a new tradition. One that, I hope, will leave me a little less frazzled, and a little more relaxed.
Happy Fourth of July to all of you! I hope this holiday finds you in the company of good friends and great times!