Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ode To The 4th of July

It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day......oops, wrong ode. My 4th of July started as a bright and sunny Colorado day and was not nearly as sad and mysterious as as the song that first line is from, "Ode To Billy Joe" most well known, I think, as recorded by Bobbie Gentry in 1967.

As I said, it started out as a beautiful day and I went to a July 4th celebration with my daughters and their families at their swim club. It was all fun and games for a while.....


Sun bathing

Teenagers being teenagers

Beck trying,

and trying some more to push his dad into the pool.

Then....a few clouds came over which was nice for cooling things off,
until the lifeguards cleared the pool due to lightening.

Within a few minutes everyone was running for shelter from rain, hail and wind.

Sad that it cut the day short and a little mysterious that less than a mile either way from the pool everything was dry, but all good because the weather was fine for fireworks shows later that night. 

Definitely not as sad and mysterious as "Ode To Billy Joe."

(And I still don't know why Billy Joe McCallister jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge.)


  1. How weird that one minute everyone was enjoying a lovely warm day, then rain and hail! Wow what a turn around.

  2. Yep - we had a storm here in Breckenridge in the afternoon, too. PS I'd like to tell whoever was setting off fireworks at 2 AM last night to jump off the Tallahatchie Bridge!)

  3. Hi, Jeanie!

    Brother said he recollected when he and I (Tom) and Billie Joe
    Put a frog down your back at the Carroll County picture show.

    Do you remember that? :)

    Dear friend, you made me smile with those lyrics from one of my favorite songs. Whenever I hear Bobbie Gentry sing it I am reminded of the 1967 York Interstate Fair because "Ode To Billie Joe" was red hot during fair week and on its way to the top of the chart. I remember the song coming on the radio as I sat resting on a bench in the rabbit/domestic fowl building one afternoon. The combination of an electric fan blowing on me, the pungent aroma of the animals and their feed and listening to that song on the radio was a very pleasant experience. Life was good at that particular moment and the happy memory lingers 47 years later.

    What would the 4th be w/o a cloudburst? We had rain here in Central Florida, too, and it kept fireworks noise to a minimum. It was nice to see the younger generation of your family having fun.

    Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Jeanie!

  4. Beautiful pictures until the hail. Here's an interesting article on song and singer:

  5. That rain and wind is just making me a bit frustrated too! Is that the pool in your town? I took the grandkids there a few years back. It was a great pool.

  6. l think why Billy Joe jumped will remain a mystery for all time, similar to what happened to Amelia Earhart. I do remember hearing that song on the radio so many years ago.

    That was interesting that one little cloud so to speak that seemed to rain on your parade that 4th of July day! Glad though that the fireworks were able to happen that evening. I'm sure it was enjoyed by all!


  7. Do you follow Olga Hebert at Confessions of a Grandma? The same thing happened to her but they got in most of their fun before the storm hit. We had a totally beautiful weekend but my sister, only 45 minutes away, had a storm blow their fun away. Looks like God likes me best:)

  8. A wonderful ode! We've had up-and-down storms here, too (I'm at the lake) but enough sun for fun!

    And happiest of happy birthday to you today!

  9. Kids being kids, and teens being teens. Not much has changed over the years it seems.

  10. Ha! I don't know why Billie Joe jumped off the bridge either!

    too bad about the lightening but glad all had passed in time for the fireworks display. It wouldn't be the same without the fireworks!

    As always, your grandkids are gorgeous!
    xo jj

  11. Kids being kids and teens being teens is one of the best things about summer. Little boys trying to push their dad into the pool seems to be a natural part of their "rite of passage". Grandkids are just the best, aren't they?

  12. Sounds like you had a good time. Nice photos!

  13. Well, I'm glad the rain didn't (ahem) dampen your spirits, and the fireworks came off as scheduled. No rain here, but we sure could use some. Spending the day with family was bound to make the day special, no matter what the weather threw at ya. (I hope the hail wasn't TOO big, though... that grapefruit-sized stuff scares the stuffing out of me.)