Farm Fresh Memories
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2007
CELEBRATIN’ JULY FOURTH IN FLAT ROCK…
It was an oddly sort of day for The Flat Rock General Store regulars and other community and area folk. The final touches had been set for the two thousand ought seven Independence Day celebration in Flat Rock. By "oddly" I mean arrangements had to be made precise because of it (July fourth) being on Wednesday, full dab in the middle of the week; radio folk for some reason call it hump day. I, in my guestimation or thought, see that as meaning to them and other folk that there is work to be done on both ends of Wednesday.
Irreverent to the day of the week, all plans were complete and required heavy support and participation by all The Store regulars includin’ Slim, Essex, Ms. Ida, the widow Cora, Willerdean, Farlow, "Truth," Estelle, Bro., S.R., J.R., "Hatch," Heath, Dustin, Mr. Music himself, Harley Hood and even my Daddy "pop" C.C. Plus, a bundle of other community and area Flat Rock folk would each provide their own degree of heavy assistance.
Startin’ first, the American flags were goin’ out on the Saturday shy of July fourth ought seven. ’Course my usual charge was people – public notification to Mr. Luke Slaton up to The Moulton Advertiser, AFC Cooperative Farming News and other media sources. Ms. Ida had done her own form of notification – she had run off two large pieces of Slim’s white butcher paper and in red marker noted all the day’s activities right there on The Store wall behind the old pot bellied heater.
Bro. would start things off around eight a.m. with a devotional and music by the Baptist church ensemble for all those early sterin’ folk. There would be an early eatin’; matter factly there would be a triple eatin’ on this day for all community and area Flat Rock folk, plus others who are obliged to happen by on this celebration day in ought seven. The early offerin’ would be coffee, orange juice, sweet milk, cinnamon rolls and sausage biscuits.
Nextly, startin’ around eleven thirty, there would be a full offerin’ of Mr. L.O. Bishops pulled pork Hawg House Bar-B-Que with all the trimmins’ and, for all those late evenin’ celebrators, at around five thirty there would be grilled pure beef burgers with trimmins’ plus gobs of homemade Butterfinger, peach and just normal vanilla ice cream.
The full day’s list of celebratin’ activities is too long to pencil down. Besides the triple eatin’, there’s kids play, horseshoes, softball, story tellin’, recollections and remembrances. Finalized off with music by Harley Hood and friends, plus a nine p.m. fireworks show - weather permittin’.
Course Bro. was offerin’ out flyers concern’ the July fourth two thousand ought seven celebration in Flat Rock and it contained this short prayer…
GOD BLESS THE USA!
MAKE IT STRONGER,
TURN IT BACK YOUR WAY.
LEAD US TO APPRECIATE,
FROM WHENCE COMES EVERYDAY.
SHOW US THAT WE MUST TURN,
FROM OUR INDIVIDUAL SELFISH WAYS.
GIVE STRENGTH AND GUIDANCE,
TO THOSE THAT LEAD DAY AFTER DAY.
HELP US ALL TO SEEK AND PETITION YOU, AS WE PRAY
FOR BOTH THANKFULNESS AND GUIDANCE,
THROUGH ANOTHER DAY.
PLEASE! GOD BLESS THE USA!!!
Like the flyer says "YA’LL COME," but ifin you can’t get to Flat Rock, celebrate with family or friends, do the Que, make some homemade ice cream, relax and play with the kids and G-kids. But, above all remember everyday is independence day!!!
Joe Potter is a former vocational agriculture teacher, FFA advisor and retired county agent (Colbert County).
REMEMBER YOUR HERITAGE!!!
ALWAYS THINK GOOD MEMORIES!!!