If you've read my book, Why Can't We Just Play?, you know about the different status levels I feel that various Fourth of July activities carry.
So ... how was your Fourth?
Comment here and let me know what the status your Fourth of July celebration was and why. You could WIN a code for a free download of the audio version of Why Can't We Just Play?
If you haven't read the book yet, or your forgot, here is the excerpt from Chapter Four which details the rankings.
When you’re sitting around talking about what you did on the Fourth of July, there are various status rankings for your activities:
High status: You were at the shore. That means you got out of town, and can imply that someone in your family owns a beach house to which you have regular access. You watched the fireworks from a blanket on the sand, embers falling dramatically into the pounding surf.
Acceptable status: You hosted/attended a fun barbecue. This shows that you and your family are well-adjusted socially and have plenty of well-adjusted social friends. It shows you planned ahead, and enjoy doing things as a family. You watched the fireworks at the local park, surrounded by other families, secure in the love of good friends and our country.
Low status: You just had a quiet time with family at the pool or a ball game and then ate hamburgers in the backyard. This would show that you, while perhaps not super-social, are at least patriotic enough to observe the holiday in the traditional family-oriented, grilled-meat fashion. You watched the fireworks from the front lawn with a few trees blocking the view.
Failure: You stayed home and each pursued your own cleaning, napping, mowing, and secret agent agenda, without speaking to each other for hours, and then huddled around the air-conditioner with your pizza. At least one of you never even showered that day, but I’m not saying who. You didn’t watch the fireworks—not even on TV—because the kids preferred to play a video game. You heard the fireworks in the distance though, and the dog went nuts barking at them, until the noise got so bad you just wished the stupid Fourth was over already.
I will post the winner later this week. And divulge my own status. Hint: not high.