The Fourth of May

Lovely Independence Day to everyone reading this. Because that’s what it’s called. Independence Day.

Not the 4th of July. We may as well call it the 4th of May, for all that means.

Independence Day, however, is talking about American freedom from the British on July 4th, 1776.

Speaking of the significance of date and time, my family was supposed to be going to a symphony and fireworks show one year. Emphasis on the symphony because I hadn’t been to one since that one field trip in third grade. I was very much looking forward to it.

However, due to the nature of the race my parents are, we were extremely behind. The symphony was starting at 7 and with a group of 9 having to attend, preparations had to start as soon as possible.

One hour before 7, and none of us had even made any pretense of getting ready. I wanted to flip a table in frustration.

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Not to mention in hours before that, at random times, I would pop into my mom’s shop and ask “Are we getting ready yet?” or “Are we going now?” or “Symphony or not??” Naturally, she got annoyed and banished me from her sight.

But before doing that, she said “I’m not sure about that symphony of yours.”

Translation: “We’re not going, so you might as well give up all your hopes and dreams of reliving your childhood memories on a day that only comes once and is kind of directly related to your Hamilton fandom.”

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Can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Common practice for people of my nationality to be “fashionably late” = “coming late so you won’t be the first one”.

At least we got to see the fireworks. Sigh.

Bonus: Playlist of Independence Day related songs I listened to while writing this for your convenience.

Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)- Hamilton: An American Musical

Firework- Katy Perry

All-American Girl- Carrie Underwood

Party In The U.S.A.- Miley Cyrus

Fourth of July- Fall Out Boy


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