1) Do you celebrate 4th of July (or some other holiday representing independence?). I don’t really like 4th of July celebrations. It is always so blasted hot and muggy that I get no pleasure from sitting outdoors sweating with a cooler of melting ice and tepid drinks and children getting progressively sticky. I do not understand why anyone would want to be outside in this weather. Our ancestors sure picked a horrible time to make history.
2) When was the first time you felt independent, if ever? I don’t think I understand this question. As part of the nation? I probably take a lot for granted. As a person? Probably when I went to college and didn’t have my parents to oversee my comings and goings.
3) If you're hosting a cookout, what's on the grill? Ugh. All that heat. I would never grill in July.
4) Strawberry Shortcake -- biscuit or sponge cake? Discuss. Biscuit. Absolutely. The dryness of the biscuit absorbes the juices very well and it’s easer to cut and eat one handed while you hold the plate in the other at an—ugh—cookout. And I dont’ really like sponge cake because it has the texture of a, well, sponge.
5) Fireworks -- best and worst experience. When I lived in NYC, my boyfriend had an apartment overlooking Morningside Park and Harlem. We went up to the roof to watch the fireworks that would be set off in the Harlem streets. Yes, the streets. The alleys glowed. I’m not sure if that’s the best or worst, but it’s memorable. We also got a good view of fireworks set off in other parts of the city. The worst experience was probably last year, when we took the kids to Gwinnett Glows and sat in the hot sun and crowds while the girls got more and more bored waiting, and then a storm burst, we got soaked, and the fireworks were cancelled.