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Independence Day!

July 5, 2010

Fireworks shows are hard to come by in Phoenix, land of the flammable landscape with heat and wind to keep the fire crews busy eternally. Permits are required for pyrotechnics.  My children have never had the thrill of holding a sparkler in their hand, or shooting off bottle rockets, or lighting those gray growing snake dealies or even witnessing the smell of a fireworks stand.  However, we do the best we can to be patriotic and go out of our way to see Chinese-made fireworks in our fair city.  My parent’s church always puts on a grand display so that was our intended destination at 9:00 p.m.  As we were climbing in the car at 8:38 p.m., my dad phoned to tell us the fireworks show was half way through….. it was a 15 minute drive and would be over by the time we arrived.  So we drove a mile from our house to where we could see the tiny fireworks in the distant and stood on a curb watching them in disappointment.

Our youngest son has a gifting toward music and with that came sensitive ears.  He is 11 and has only enjoyed the Fourth of July without a pillow wrapped around his head for four years now.  Finally he enjoys the BOOM in his chest from the firepower, just like his mama.  I have semi-fond memories of sitting in the car with him with his pillow around his head when it was 105+ degrees even at dark, while the rest of the family sat on cool grass to enjoy the show.  Last night he kept asking, “Where are more fireworks?”  and “Can’t we go somewhere else to see fireworks?” and “Are we going to see more fireworks?”  You get the picture.

At home, after the miniature disappointing distant display, my husband scoured the newspaper for fireworks show listings.  I searched the web.  We discovered that the BIG Phoenix display was downtown at 9:30!!!  We could make it! We jumped back in the car again, with our 3-D glasses for fireworks enhancement, and headed down the highway.  We arrived just in time and after three or four attempts at finding the right side street that faced the display area, we scored!  Only one billboard slightly off to the left, but we had a grand view.  The picture above is proof that we were in Phoenix, see the flammable palm trees??

Fourth of July checklist:  watermelon – check, bbq burgers – check, cheesy $4 Walmart flag shirts – check, fireworks – check.  Job well done.

Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2008

Yes, July 1st is Canada’s Birthday as opposed to Independence Day here in the States.  They don’t call it Independence Day because they didn’t become totally dependent in their own right with all ties severed from England until 1982.  No, not a typo.  Who wants to celebrate partial independence?  Not me.  Hey, let’s call it a birthday so we can still have a national holiday!  Good idea, eh.

A slight Canadian history lesson is indeed needed, appropriately offered by a dual American-Canadian citizen…. ME.  The only reason I know anything about the history of Canada is because I went to college in British Columbia and took HIST 101: Canadian History for Dummies.  There I not only learned of the beaver’s importance to the nation, but I learned that Canada was actually going to be called a kingdom (you know, like Narnia, with lampposts and snow and beavers)….. but the rulers at the time didn’t desire to antagonize the US having just been through the Civil War, so settled on the title ‘Dominion.’   

It was July 1, 1867 when three British colonies joined forces into a federation following the 91-year-old bright idea of the settlers south of the border.  At that time the colonies were New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (home of the Crosbys), which are still provinces today, and the Province of Canada which split and became Ontario and Quebec. Voila!  The birth of a nation kingdom dominion.

Nuff said.  (I think I’ll have my kids read this.)

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