Watching Fireworks

I’m not sure how it happens but when a group of people gather to watch fireworks they all make the same sounds. It doesn’t matter the age or language, we all intone “oooh” and “aaah” as the pyrotechnic display flashes across our retinas. I had the pleasure of watching fireworks with a group of people I met through Xanga. Even though Xanga is functionally dead, these connections persist and for that I’m forever thankful for my Xanga experience. We shared food and then watched the fireworks. I was too busy watching the sky and I’m not a photographer so my best shots are kind of pitiful.

I’ve been watching lots of fireworks lately at work too. The explosive environment there has made many of us act like the little ones experiencing the 4th of July fireworks for the first time – eyes wide in amazement with a touch of terror and hands clasped over ears to muffle the loud booms. I can’t go into particulars but there have been flashes and flames and loud sudden blasts. Most of us have a healthy respect for fire and hear our mother’s voices yelling at us to step away. But we seem to be locked in the same room as the powder keg and we have a couple of people lighting matches and tossing them around. I’m hoping that either the matches are taken away, the sprinkler system kicks in making everything too wet to burn, or I can crawl out a window and take cover in a “hidey-hole” until the danger has passed. In the mean time if you listen carefully you can hear my muffled cries of oooh and aaah and a few yikes!

12 thoughts on “Watching Fireworks

  1. Having had a family member suffer from the ill effects of fire gone amok, I am very respectful of its power. Keeping a good, healthy distance, while watching pyrotechnics managed by professionals, is my preferred course of action.


    1. Absolutely! I am not a fan of amateur fireworks. And all the people shooting them off are rank amateurs! I’m standing by with the figurative bucket of sand.


    1. I’m so glad you like it! It was my one and only lucky photo! As soon as I manage another really good one I’ll change it but that may not happen for a very long time! Some of the matches will be gone as of 5 pm Friday…


  2. I’m sure you must be wondering when the fireworks show will end. It’s beginning to seem like the managers enjoy watching the staff writhe in the confusion of change! I hope the powder keg disappears soon!


    1. Yes Xanga was a special place and a magical time. It has passed and this new space has taken its place. I’m hoping WordPress becomes as comfortable as Xanga was! Everyone likes fireworks as long as the burning embers aren’t falling on their heads and setting their hair on fire!!


  3. RYC :: I thank you Val for your answer on my site about your walnut trees ; yOUR REPLY WAS VERY INTERESTING AND i LEARNT A LOT; UNFORTUNATELY , IN TYPING A REPLY TO YOUR ANSWER i DELETED IT . I am sorrry.
    I learnt about the juglon produced by your walnut trees that kills most of the plants around . Your walnut trees are juglans nigra ( black walnut trees ) . In France we have Juglans regia ( common walnut) that is less toxic for the plants around. I have one in my garden and there are other plants all around .
    Thanks for your reply.
    Michel ❤


    1. Our walnuts are very toxic to all the plants. We have planted some that are listed as jugalone tolerant but that doesn’t mean they thrive it just means they don’t outright die. The arbor vitae are still alive but they are less than 4 feet tall after 10 years. The lilac has only a couple blooms and it too is stunted. The hostas and daylilies on the other hand are doing very well. They are the only things that seem unaffected by the walnut trees!


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