A Little Fireworks Show

Chloe loves fireworks.

Usually on the 4th of July, our family goes to the lake where my parents have a great spot on a great lake.  And at the end of the day we sit out at the edge of the lake and watch a great fireworks show right over the water.  Adding to the excitement for the kids are the little sideshows going on in neighbors’ yards on either side of us and in nearly any direction you look.

Our oohs and aahs and patriotic songs add to the fun and excitement.

Chloe sits on Paul’s lap or my lap and growls and kicks and giggles through the whole show.  She loves it.  She even enjoys the loudness, as its sounds surprise her and make her “laugh.”

This year we didn’t go to the lake for the 4th.  We stayed home and had some family over for dinner and a wii party/baseball tournament.  It was a fun time.

Afterwards, we put the boys to bed a little early.  And as I was taking Chloe back to her room for pjs, we heard the first explosion outside.  Chloe froze, and her eyes got big.  I knew that she knew what it was.

“What was that?” I asked her.

She vocalized a 2-syllable word and made her sign for fireworks:  pointer finger going up and up and up and then both hands spreading all 10 fingers out and down in an awesome explosion in the sky.  Then she eagerly pointed to the door.

At first I said no and told her it was time for bed.  But I quickly caved in, knowing how much she LOVES to watch fireworks.  We headed out the front door.

Right across the street from us is a little lake.  (Some argue that it’s just a pond, but we strongly maintain it’s a lake!)  Chloe and I sat on a bench in the dark and waited to see if we would spot any fireworks.

After a minute or two, she again signed “fireworks,” wondering where they were.  I just shrugged.

But then, we weren’t disappointed as we spotted a few bursts of color right over the trees.

A bit later a group of people were shooting off some fireworks right down beside our lake.  Those were especially loud and big and exciting.

After watching a few small shows in different directions for about an hour, we went back inside to spray our mosquito bites and go to bed.

It was one of those times when I knew I had done the right thing letting her stay up — because that night after her usual bedtime, we made a lovely memory together as we sat outside and watched the fireworks.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Liesl on July 18, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    I miss Chloe! and you!!


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