Rachel Jamison Webster
Independence Day

Rachel Jamison Webster - Independence Day

Creative Nonfiction
Rachel Jamison Webster is author the full-length collection of poetry, September (TriQuarterly Press 2013) and the gross-genre book, The Endless… Read more »
Danielle Harms
The Tall Grass and the Long Night

Danielle Harms - The Tall Grass and the Long Night

Creative Nonfiction
Danielle Harms writes from Denver, Colorado, where she works in higher education. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Offing,… Read more »

Independence Day

Rachel Jamison Webster

I grew up a flag-waving girl. My dad had an enormous extended family, and we all got together on my grandparent’s front lawn to watch the Independence Day Parade. We’d drive over in my dad’s bright blue Corvette, my parents in the front seats, and my brother and I strapped onto the nubby carpeted ledge behind them. All the cousins played a big game of softball in the side yard. We grilled hamburgers and ate salted tomatoes and buttered sweet corn from my grandparents’ garden, and afterward, my grandmother made strawberry shortcake. She’d cut out biscuits on the floured kitchen counter with a jelly jar, and when they were warm from the oven, she’d spoon strawberries over them—berries we had picked from my grandfather’s garden, sliced and mashed with sugar. Then she topped each with a dollop of Cool Whip.

Sometimes, my dad would put his record of John Philip Sousa marches on the turntable and give all of the kids little American flags. Then he’d have us march around and around the house to the swelling crescendos of that patriotic music. He’d clap and cheer for us, and tell us to lift our legs up high and keep our… Read more »