It's my mother who started the Independence Day tradition, and I have seen that movie at least once every single year since; she likes to play it for multiple days, as the days in the movie go by--it's a weeklong affair. It's taken my until now to realize, however, that Will Smith's alien takeover Independence Day in 1996 happens the same year as "the one time we burned that field down with fireworks" Independence Day for Sam and Dean!! THIS MADE ME SO MUCH MORE EXCITED THAN IS LIKELY NECESSARY, BUT IT WAS LIKE PIECES FALLING INTO PLACE. WATCHING TV. OBSESSING ABOUT THINGS. THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
I watched 5x16 twice in a row the night it aired, because fireworks and creepy!Zachariah and also, Walt and Roy. And I love "that one time we burned that field down with fireworks" because more than one set of my uncles have definitely done that, too. And I can't resist a moment when a My Family story coincides with a SPN Family story. ;D (Apologies to all fields who were harmed in the making of this commonality.)
I know, I know, the fireworks are polarizing because omg Sam doesn't love Dean or whatever (lies), but idk honestly my automatic assumption has always been that Sam experienced that memory, too--just, before he and Dean reunited. If Dean drew conclusions after sitting in on two of teenage!Sam's memories, well. That's his problem. XP To be fair, he probably needed a nap by that point; Apocalypse in t - 6 episodes, after all, and nearly t - 2.
And I mean, the only memory Sam got to see of Dean's was of a time when Sam hadn't even been conceived yet. Given that, I would assume you can't observe someone else's memory of yourself; Heaven's got like, paradox safeguards installed or something.
And on the Fourth of July, I always Sherman Alexie. Last year I read War Dances, Ten Little Indians, and The Toughest Indian in the World. This year I may re-read a bit of Indian Killer, or maybe some poems from First Indian on the Moon.
Here is a poem for independence:
How do we forgive our Fathers?"How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?", Ghost Radio, Sherman Alexie
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?
Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.
Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?
And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?
Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?
If we forgive our Fathers what is left?