I tried to explain how we were part of Britain, but decided later we wanted to be our own country. I breezed over how we fought and won our independence. She stopped me dead at that point in our discussion.
"We fought!? Fighting is not nice Mama, why did they do that?"
Cornered yet again.
Quick change the subject.
"Katie, what kind of candy do you want to throw at the parade?" I asked in my awkwardly falsetto voice. "Should we start decorating your bike?"
And, so we set off to change her princess bike into her 4th of July bike which meant by her definition: "We shouldn't see any princesses or purple or pink."
This included her helmet as well of course.
We spent the rest of the day with friends. We even experimented with roasting chocolate chips in bananas which was well -- interesting.
The kids with Ray's creation for the parade.