4th of July Brings Memories and Lifts Spirits after Tragedy

One of my (Linda’s) greatest blessings is having been born and raised in Montpelier, Idaho,  the largest town in the Bear Lake Valley. The population at that time was 2,682. There were no ten speed bikes, just my faithful old second hand blue beach cruiser-looking thing that made it a little easier to get to my babysitting job in the summers which paid twenty five cents an hour.

My mom and dad were both raised in farm families. In fact my salt-of-the-earth, solid-as-a-rock Dad was needed on the farm after he finished the eighth grade and never went back to school. Mother was a wonderful pianist and school teacher. We figured she taught about a thousand piano students and over a thousand school students (including me in the fourth grade) in her day.  Because of all that my childhood was pretty much idyllic. Days were filled with work and practicing the violin and piano. There were no cell phones, no texts to let my parents know I was lost or late, no video games or insta-grams and very little TV. but lots of beauty of the earth and security to be part of a loving family.

Imagine my delight at being able to go back to the traditional 4th of July celebration at the county seat, Paris, Idaho where I had celebrated so may “fourths” as a child. There’s something about tradition that stirs the soul. There’s nothing quite like the taste of a chuck wagon breakfast with eggs, sausage, hash browns and pancakes all mixed up with sticky syrup that brings back happy memories of those farm breakfasts from long ago, as well as the fun of that once a year tradition.

Breakfast was followed by a beautiful musical program in the historic old tabernacle that my ancestors helped build. In fact one relative fell off the roof and died during construction.

What fun it was to revel in the patriotic spirit packed into the this gorgeous old pioneer tabernacle as we enjoyed a truly inspiring musical program including a terrific choir and  the best and quite remarkable talent Bear Lake has to offer, old friends and cousins included!

We finished the afternoon with sloppy joes and Ice Cream and a fun parade with the Bear Lake High School Marching Band, the marching team called the “Lakettes”, Richard’s favorite, beautiful teams of horses and wagons and all the kids favorite….the throwing of candy from the floats.  

Fireworks all over the valley except for one designated spot in Montpelier that evening had been cancelled because of the extreme fire danger. We have to say that we were very happy about that after the tragedy we experienced last week with losing our cabin to a wild fire in Southern Utah. For spectacular pictures and details click here.

There ‘s nothing that can lift your spirits and stir the patriot in you like going home to your grass roots on the Fourth of July!

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