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Welcome to America…Part 2

Friday, July 4, 2008

We’re back home – sunburnt, tired and about to drop!  But we had an awesome evening out.   

Starting off with the parade – we headed downtown around 5pm – and decided to park closer to where the fireworks was going to be (Ann Morrison Park) and walked all the way to the Parade.  It was a LONG walk – I guess it wouldn’t have felt as long if it hadn’t been scorching.  We were lucky to find a cozy and shaded spot near a traffic light (yes, the roads were blocked off) where we planted ourselves firmly. 

  

We didn’t have to wait too long before the parade started.

Divya was captivated with all the movement and activity so we didn’t have to worry too much about her trying to escape from her stroller. 

And what is a parade without an appearance from The King (Elvis) himself! 

It was a simple parade – but it felt nice being part of Boise’s small population enjoying it.  At one point, a lot of people thought that the parade had ended (including us) so people started moving off and then came the finale and the float just before the finale.  The 2nd to last float belonged to the Hare Krishna group which has the biggest turnout of people.  The finale was ofcourse the participants of the parade shooting water at the crowd especially the children.  Ofcourse the big children (Elan and I) got drenched too – but it was so much fun especially in the heat!  We loved it!

We decided to head out to find a place for dinner since we had some time to spare before the sun set/fireworks.  A lot of restaurants were either full or closed so we ended up at Papa Joe’s which was close to the park.  We decided to order food-to-go but ended up waiting about 45mins!  Anyway, since we had ample time, we still made it to the park with A LOT of time to spare.  Boise being the small place that it is, we were pleasantly surprised to run into Chris, Stella, Collette and family.  So we joined them to wait for the fireworks while we stuffed our famished stomachs with the sandwiches.  Divya and Collette had a good time running around……UNTIL…….the fireworks started.  Collette got scared and cried non-stop.  Divya got scared – she didn’t cry – but she clung on the Elan and myself, trying to hide her face.  I’ve seen fireworks in Singapore many times, but ususally they are very high up and therefore, not as loud.  But here, they let them go off from the ground near everyone so it’s close enough to see and hear the loud sounds.  It was perfect, as always.  The magic of watching them burst into eye-captivating patterns and colours never fails to take my breath away.  It was also our first time watching them since Divya was born – so it was quite special, cuddling in the dark (yes, that’s the other difference from Singapore, the park here is totally dark) and holding on to Divya tightly.  But I felt something different in my heart this year.  In Singapore, I feel like I took a lot of things for granted – like safety.  I feel like I have been exposed to so much more in life since coming here – and as the fireworks went off, I asked Elan whether this would be the sounds heard by soldiers in fighting zones.  I imagined the pride and yet sadness of families here in the U.S. who didn’t have some of their family members with them today as they might have been sent overseas or they may no longer be alive.  I said a little prayer for them to have the strength.  I thought of little children who live in war zones who are so used to hearing such sounds – but only of guns and bombs going off.  I said a little prayer for them too.  And I thanked God that Divya has been blessed to be in a safe, loving environment.  I think I’m growing up.

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating it.  Be thankful!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Saturday, July 5, 2008 1:46 pm

    Sounds like you had a nice evening, though I’m sorry to hear that Divya got scared. My kids probably would have gotten scared when they were that little too…

  2. boiseangel permalink*
    Saturday, July 5, 2008 10:42 pm

    @Julie : Yes, she’ll probably grow to like them as she gets bigger – but for now, she just wants to cling to us 🙂

  3. raggedyanne permalink
    Wednesday, July 9, 2008 12:05 am

    hey, sorry that I been MIAing too! glad both of us crawled out of our caves hor? hihi

    this entry with a very poignant end made me almost cry, babe! happy independence day to all of us 😀

  4. Wednesday, July 9, 2008 9:05 am

    Bavani-

    Sounda like you all had a great July, 4th this year with Divya thoroughly enjoying the celebrations.

  5. boiseangel permalink*
    Thursday, July 10, 2008 1:22 pm

    @raggedyanne : It’s ok – I understand the need to go MIA once in awhile too 🙂

    @Mitr : We did have a great 4th of July 🙂

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