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Fourth of July at Alpha Lake
On the Fourth, the first legal swimming day in northern Illinois, heaven really came to earth. All my relatives would come to the lake and my aunts each brought something delicious to eat: sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, fruit with something pink mixed in, homemade bread. Our huge potluck started at noon and, after we finished eating that meal, the grownups nibbled and snacked the rest of the day. An hour after we ate, all the kids hit the water. We would sneak food the rest of the day, going in and out of the lake. Then, when it got to be dusk, we spread blankets on the hillside by the playground and the men started fiddling around with rockets, bombs, pinwheels, and flares. When darkness fell, they shot them off over the water while everyone oohed and aahed.
When the mosquitoes started bothering the grownups, they’d pile into the cabin. The men would start card games on folding tables and the women would clean up and chat. We children, though, would run wild through the night, catching lightning bugs, and playing tag and hide-and-seek. We’d run and scream and no one would yell at us for making too much noise or for being up too late, because it was a holiday.
These memories have served to fuel my passion for fireworks, a passion which has lasted to this day. When I hear neighbor kids shooting them off, I run out to see if they're doing a sky rocket. Love sky rockets! It's still my ambition, also, to have a cabin on a lake, as my mother did. My family, however, is not stationary. We tend to move a lot, so a summer cabin is hard to arrange.
I look forward to using my memories in a published book someday.
Imogene Duckworthy, who yearns to be a PI, has landed a job assisting Mike Mallett in Wymee Falls, Texas. Bringing home a pot-bellied pig as a birthday gift for her daughter, Nancy Drew Duckworthy, Immy discovers the body of the owner of Jerry's Jerky hanging in the smokeroom. Now she has her chance to prove her skills.
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Purchase Link for An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery, second in the series
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