In Cali, most of Orange County was not allowed to set off
even sparklers for much of the last 2-3 decades. Here in Arizona, things are well, different.
Steve and I walked into Wal-Mart last week and the wall that
was previously filled with sunscreens, pool toys and otter pop bags had been
replaced with fireworks! We later read
in the local freebie newspaper called In And Out that here in Anthem it was more
than legal to buy these boxes and set them off from pretty much the third week
The one caveat? After
the 6th of July-no one better try setting one off.
Personally, I was all for going to our community center
where our small town hosts a whole day of food trucks, carnival rides and games
and pool time all culminating with a fireworks display around 9 p.m...
However, at the last moment (literally!) a monsoon blew into
town and the display was cancelled. Don’t
know about the folks who wandered over to enjoy the rides and such.
I remember vividly being in the hospital for knee surgery
when I was 14 and having one of the only other 2 teenagers there (the other was
my roommate) come into my room-turns out it was his umpteenth surgery on his
hand. The doctors were trying to save it
from being mangled and burned during a July 4th celebration when one
of those gun powder holders went off in that said hand.
He was only 17-couldn’t understand the pull and allure then
and I definitely don’t understand it now.
Yes, fireworks are beautiful and create lots of “oohs” and
“aahs” from all who watch them. And yes,
if you add a background of patriotic music an appropriate amount of throat
lumps will ensue. But I’m still all for
letting those who are professionals set off these explosions a safe distance
away from those who are looking up into the sky.
End of sermon.
Besides our country’s birthday and celebration-it’s my mom’s
84th birthday! Another one
where she is celebrating in one state while we are firmly rooted in
another. It is what it is.
I can’t quite say that I’m getting used to it. Probably never will be.
Steve is working July 4th, so is Adam. Sarah is taking Dylan for a long weekend
(remember Aidan came with us to OC a month or so ago while Dylan stayed home
sick) to the Bay area. What I’m hoping
is that all the noise won’t scare Lucky too much. She didn’t enjoy all the popping sounds AT
ALL last year.
Pepper’s never really cared one way or the other. At nearly 10, I doubt it will bother him now.
My biggest hope for the holiday is that it WON’T be the
expected 115 at dinner time and that perhaps we can plug in the misting fan and
eat our BBQ under the stars. But with the looming gray skies and the threat of
more wind and sideways rain, I think indoors will be best. Just hoping to get those ribs on the grill.
Here’s hoping that everyone reading this will have a safe,
safe and fun Independence Day.