Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Abstaining from the Fourth of July

Dear John,

Happy 4th of July! The big town celebration went on without me this year. I was planning to go to the parade, but didn't. It was partly because of the weather - 100, with a heat index of 110 - and partly sentiment. We sat together on the church steps every year, and I'm not ready to sit there without you. Maybe next year. I enjoyed the 4th with you - the draft horse pull, the Lions Club sandwiches, the buggy races, and the parade. I would even have a hard time at the Dollars for Scholars pancake breakfast, since you helped with it for so many years. They were always so glad to have a restaurant manager there.

There won't be fireworks tonight, for the first time in decades. It's so dry that most of the area fireworks shows have been cancelled. South Bend is having the one at the Cove, since it's downtown and there's not a flamable thing for miles, and the ones over lakes are going as scheduled. But the grass is tinder now. The only one happy about it is Jethro, but we're all glad they're erring on the side of caution.

So please pray for me - it's been a hard week emotionally. And pray for rain for us. And pray for Lesa, too. I talked to her on the phone today, and she still struggles with your brother's death. You Hockman men are addictive.

I love you so, so much,

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