When she was young, Janice Whitaker thought the fireworks were in her honor.
"Very self-absorbed, right?"
It wasn't long before she learned the picnics and parades noted the birth of the country. But she was willing to share.
"As a mom of teenagers and adult children, I became disappointed that they would rather be with their friends on the 4th than with their mom who was celebrating another milestone. Oh, well. Welcome to adulthood."
Now she is retired and has become philosophical about the whole thing. "I'm just glad to be alive to celebrate another day of living and I've learned it's not all about me."