I was dismayed to find that many of the fireworks displays in my area had been canceled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Not that I would attend the big ones in the towns around here, but I at least would have had that option. I realize that our nation’s birthday happens with or without fireworks, but it just doesn’t seem the same without them.
I had settled down with hubby in front of the TV to watch Macy’s Fourth of July celebration when I heard a big boom outside. We have some neighbors who have been known to shoot off fireworks during holidays, but the trees usually cover them up. Still, I had to investigate. I sprang from my chair with Stella the Boston terrier on my heels. We had to see what was going on.
To my utter surprise and delight, my next door neighbors were shooting off those big fireworks like the cities do! I texted my mother who lives next door on the other side and she picked me up in my dad’s golf cart so we could drive across the road to watch the fireworks.
It wasn’t a big public event and there weren’t scores of people sitting on blankets or tailgating, but there were fireworks and we got to see them. What could be better than having big fireworks at your next door neighbors? I didn’t even have to bring a covered dish or dessert.
So, thank you, Turner family, for rescuing Independence Day for our quiet country neighborhood. I’m sticking my tongue out at you, COVID 19. You tried but you didn’t stop it.
Maybe 2021 will be different, but I wouldn’t give anything for the lessons 2020 has taught me thus far. That sounds like good material for another blog post.
I hope you had a safe and happy Fourth of July without a visit from the unwelcome coronavirus. Here’s to the Red, White, and Blue!