Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First Fireworks

On Saturday I took Fiacra to see fireworks for the first time. Our kids usually go to bed fairly early, and so we had never gone to fireworks before. In fact, our kids are rarely outside after dark. The fireworks started at 11:00pm, just down the road from where we live.

We put the kids to bed and told Fiacra and Ailbhe that we would wake them for the fireworks. Ailbhe always takes ages to fall asleep and that night was no different. Around 9:00 she appeared and asked if it was time to go. Eventually though, she fell asleep.

At 10:40 I went up to wake them. It was hard to wake Fiacra; he kept lying down again. But I got him up. Ailbhe just couldn't wake up though. Eventually, I went with just Fiacra.

When we got there, we saw a tree with some coloured lights hanging from it. Fiacra thought maybe they were fireworks. I realized then, that he had no idea what fireworks look like. I told him that if he saw something and thought that maybe it was what we were there for, then it wasn't what we were there for; instead, when he saw the fireworks he would know that they were definitely what we had come to see. A rather abstract, vague description, but I didn't want to ruin the surprise then.

A few minutes later, there was a huge BANG and the first firework was launched. The noise scared him, but he liked how it looked. Then nothing for the next few minutes. When it started again, it wasn't as loud and went non-stop for 15 minutes. It was a delight to see how excited he was. Each different type was brand new for him. He loved it. And I loved that.

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