Earlier this month on the Fourth of July, a group of family gathered at my sister's house. We cooked fajitas, ate pie, played outside, and eventually lazed around the house during the heat of the day. As evening drew near, the guys each dug out their personal stash of fireworks. Then, we all ran to the back of the house to set up for our firework display.
While the guys were busy playing with artillery shells, my sister's father-in-law helped set Son #1 and Son #2 up with sparklers. Son #1 was nervous about holding the sparklers at first. With a bit of coaxing, he slowly began to have fun. Son #2 was excited about holding his sparklers. He felt like such a big boy playing with sparklers beside his older brother.
My husband cracked jokes in a Beavis and Butthead voice. "Heh heh. Uh. Fire, fire, fire."
Son #2 listened intently as his dad goofed off. Then, Son #2 imitated his dad in a small voice while waving a sparkler in each hand. "Fire, fire, fire."
Time passed by slowly as we relaxed in lawn chairs. Neighbors all around the countryside put on their own firework shows as the guys lit shells, spinners, and roman candles. Soon, the supply began to dwindle. My husband dug around his box of fireworks and brought out his endless supply of bottle rockets. He carefully set up the first rocket and lit it with his lighter. Quickly, he rushed away to a safe distance. The rocket shot noisily into the air. Son #1 was intrigued. The next time his dad went to light a bottle rocket, Son #1 was right by his side.
While the guys lit bottle rockets, the girls sat in chairs relaxing and talking. Son #2 settled into his chair with a bottle of water and a bowl of ice cream. We gazed at the stars as fireworks periodically burst in the sky. Suddenly, my sister turned to my mom and said. "Oh, look. The clouds have burned off."
Son #1 looked up into the night sky with confusion written on his face. A look of shock spread across his face as he watched his dad light a few more bottle rockets. Then, Son #1 cried out in dismay. "My dad burned up the clouds?!?"