Yesterday, we went to my grandpa's beach house in Port O'Connor to watch POC's annual Independence Day fireworks display. I took three gallons of Red Diamond sweet tea and two huge watermelons. My Grandma-Ethel had already purchased two gallons of Red Diamond ice tea, so the sweet tea tooth must run in the family!
Many interesting conversations took place last night. My grandpa told us the many ways to test a watermelon to determine sweetness. They were all new to me.
He even told us that if you pick a watermelon and place the stem in sugar water, the watermelon will absorb the liquid and will taste extra sweet!* He told us that if you cut the stem off of the bottom of the watermelon and place it in a bowl of sugar water, the watermelon will absorb the sugar water and taste extra sweet! I pick my watermelon from the big box in HEB and use my favorite technique: I play the watermelon like a drum and if it sounds hollow, I will purchase it.
Another topic of conversation was reincarnation. I explained to one of my cousins that our most recent pet tragedy prompted me to share the concept of reincarnation with my nine year old. "Reincarnation is the belief that even when a body dies, the spirit continues to live. When a spirit leaves the body, it goes into another body. In fact, if we go to the pet store and buy another hamster, there is a small chance that..." My cousin immediately took the baton and finished my thought, "...the hamster you buy will be the same hamster as the one that died!"
Anyway, we sat out on the porch talking and eating hotdogs and drinking tea until the sun went down. Then we walked to the beach and found a place to sit so that we could get a better view of the fireworks.
After the city's display was over, the people in the beach houses started their own shows! There was screaming and smoke...
As we were leaving, we got to see people being arrested. Everyone must have had a good time!
Anyway, here is a short clip of the end of the POC fireworks display:
I still have two huge watermelons. Where to go?
*My audio comprehension skills are lacking.
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