July 4, 2006:
-Charlotte Corry goes to work (since she works for an opera company that has the biggest opening night of the year coming up within the week).
-Charlotte finds that once again, on the 4th of July, banks aren't open, most vendors aren't open, most of the companies Charlotte deals with aren't open. Charlotte burns through what work she is able to do and heads home early-ish.
-Charlotte gets a call from her Aunt Liz, with the happy news that cousin Julie and her family are visiting as they pass through town. Charlotte beelines it up to Liz's house.
-Charlotte and Aunt Liz and Uncle Gary and cousins Julie and Dan catch up on old times.
-Before the "party" is over, Charlotte leaves, stating that she is meeting a friend to go hiking. Uncle Gary smells a more interesting story, and peppers Charlotte with questions, trying to determine exactly what kind of "friendship" this is. Charlotte stands firm, not giving away any details, wanting to keep things on the down-low.
-Charlotte leaves, heads home, waits for the friend to come pick her up.
-Charlotte Corry and Eric Cantwell while on their third date ever, accept the offer of a nice cyclist to take their picture on the bridge at Spring Hollow.
--------------six years pass-------------------
July 4, 2012:
-Charlotte Cantwell goes to work (since she still works for an opera company that has the biggest opening night of the year coming up within the week). This time, she has the man of her dreams and the little girl of her dreams waiting at home. All three are hoping that once again, banks won't be open, vendors won't be working, and Charlotte will be able to burn through what work she is able to do and get back home for some good old family time.
In my personal experience?
Independence is over-rated.