The Fourth of July in Brookfield is always special, but 2011 extra-special for me. As an elected official, I marched at the beginning of the parade with the Brookfield Zoo tram. As we passed the reviewing stand, a group of my neighbors suddenly start calling out, “Hi, C.P.” and cheering. It was a very pleasant surprise after a long march through Brookfield.

During the afternoon, I was in Kiwanis Park listening to a band called Kharma when the lead singer announces that she is dedicating the next tune to me. Now, I knew her from years ago, before she obtained legitimate work as an entertainer, when she was in local politics. We never seem to run into each other, and we did not this year as I had a previous engagement.

The Brookfield Little League was looking for a veteran to throw out the first pitch at the championship game at 5 o’clock and they asked me. I had never thrown out a first pitch and was honored to be chosen and even got to keep the ball as a souvenir.

The whole day was really special for me and I want to say “Thank you!”

Thanks to my neighbors, large and small, who cheered me across the finish line. Thanks to the only Kelly I ever met who was not Irish, who sang one for me. Thanks to Dennis Meehan and the Brookfield Little League for asking me to throw out the first pitch on the Fourth of July.

C.P. Hall II

C.P. Hall II is a Brookfield village trustee.