As Americans, we seem to have a fascination with fireworks. This weekend I went to a fireworks show in our local park and it was the most endearing thing I have experienced yet this summer, save perhaps the local "parade" for the kickoff of baseball season filled with five floats of little kids pretty darn excited to be throwing candy instead of scampering after it. The park was full of townspeople and we are truly a small, small town so one wonders where everyone came from. Either way, it was a great fireworks display and I found myself looking around at the kids and smiling to myself.
With patriotic music playing and everyone temporarily quiet, I had time to think about this odd tradition. It's sort of like Santa Claus, really. So much a part of our culture that we never really think about it.
Funny how people love destruction and danger...as long as it is really controlled. (Think amusement parks.)
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good display of pyrotechnics. But I like to be far away from the lighting and potential ground explosion as possible. Blame Jimmy, a family friend who used to core crab apples and insert fire crackers to toss at me and his sister.
If you think about it, we are using the same supplies as entertainment as we use to make weaponry. Fireworks really do mimic in-air explosions created by war fare, right? Kind of an odd tribute.
Our local fireworks display was followed up with a movie night and I laughed out loud at Lego Movie with my daughter and the rest of our tiny town. Of course, "everything was awesome!"
Ahh, summer. It is finally here and I had better not hear ANYONE from NW Indiana complain that it is too hot! Do you not remember what a horrible winter we had? I love the heat! LOVE IT! Right now I'm enjoying myself by playing in the dirt and taking some runs until sweat is dripping down my nose. Is it weird that I love that? The best feeling ever is a good stretch after a summer run and feeling the shock of cold water on your face.
Getting in a few vacations this summer too. Went to Niagara Falls and if you ever get the chance, GO! It is absolutely breath taking. Not kidding. It really makes you feel wonder for this amazing world.
We also have a fishing cabin on a lake in Missouri and I cannot wait to get there. The lake itself is a wonder - the clearest water I have ever been in. You can see your toe nail polish when you are neck deep! The best thing about the lake, though, is the friends I have there. These people know the real me. They get to see me in the raw - no make up, no done up hair. Just me. They are the same way when they are there so we all really know each other's true selves. THOSE are the friends you want to keep for life.
I hope that your summer is going well too. Whether or not you get to travel, try to find the awesome natural things around you and the friends who you don't have to spiffy up for. Those are the best things about summer. Oh, and sweat a little bit. You'll stink, but it'll be worth it!
Happy Day! Mrs. K.
I am a high school teacher in Wheatfield, Indiana, trying to reach out to my kids in a way that works for them.