If you have 7 kids and two of them are orphans and one of them remembers being an orphan, this may apply:
Run a race with your 9 year old. Only do the 2 mile because you might have to run back to your car when the race is done. Only do the 9 year old because the rest of the kids will beat you. (did this)
Think you can run it with a stroller. It's just not the time nor the place to subject your child to a bouncy ride down a busy road. (didn't do this, but thought about it)
Cheer for your son as he finishes. (did this)
Cheer at your son as he finishes, particularly with these words: "I will NOT let you walk across that finish line. Everyone else RAN across. You will too." When veiled threats didn't work, offering next to finish with him didn't seem all that inspiring either. (watched someone do this)
Dress your little ones in red, white and blue even though patriotism and bad taste can be next door neighbors.
Dress your whole family in red, white and blue. The Fourth of July isn't all about dignity but there's no need to leave it out completely.
Try to watch a parade if you're in the shade. (didn't do the shade part)
Make your 4 year old, who was an orphan 1 1/2 years ago, compete for candy with 9 year olds. (did this)
Make everyone stay up late to watch the fireworks, particularly if they are set to music, particularly if the song, "Proud to be an American" is played which somehow rouses patriotism in everyone even if the government is shut down.
So my Fourth of July 2012 resolutions:
4. Buy our own candy and throw it straight at Lizzie where there is no one else to grab it.
5. Dress everyone 5 and under in red, white and blue
6. Watch the fireworks.
Happy July, everyone.