Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fireworks

Right now people are setting off illeagal fireworks on the golf course next to our home. It's far enough away that I really don't mind. People do it every year.

What is it about fireworks that make us ooo and ahhh? I think it is different for different people. For some people it's the beautiful sky display, for others the noise invokes a spirit of patriotism, for me, it's everything else.

What does that mean? Have you ever watched the world around you during a fireworks show? Have you ever looked around you, besides up at the sky to see what the world looks like under exploding light? It is amazing. The colors and the light make everything appear so ethereal. The light is never harsh like say a fluorescent bulb or beating like the sun. It is a soft glow that brightens and then fades, then replaced my another. When you couple that with the inner glow of the faces watching the show, the world seems a very different place.

I think you have to have the combination of the people glad to see the display and the light together. When you see the fireworks displayed by a bomb or other type of explosion, where fear is coupled with the same type of light, there is a grotesque look about the people. There is no glow. It's almost like there is a black hole, sucking the light in but not letting it out.

This holiday weekend, take a look around you as you view the show. Look at the glow in the faces and the earth around you, enjoy it, revel in it. Try to figure out how to make it last.

15 comments:

MissKris said...

We have fireworks in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland that are called the biggest display west of the Mississippi. They ARE pretty spectacular. I haven't gone in so many years, I can't remember the last time. My Dear Hubby and I have kept such early schedules for so many years we're usually in bed before it's dark out. We can sleep thru just about anything, even all the fireworks along our street. I'm giving our dog a sleeping pill tomorrow night, tho. We had a huge thunder/lightning storm at 3 am this morning and that freaked her out enough to age her 10 years, I think. I LOVED IT!!! I got up and went out on the porch and watched it. Better than fireworks, if you ask me! ;-D

Parker said...

I love this post. I like to look at people when they are watching the fireworks show at Disneyland. It's magical for sure.
Happy 4th of July. I'll be thinking of your post when I watch fireworks.
HUGS,
Kat

Shelby said...

Like the new picture! I try to change mine every now and again, usually to reflect my mood.

Funny you should mention this, because we went to a baseball game tonight that had fireworks after. Good fireworks! They made me feel giddy, like a little kid. I don't know why, but I love them.

Black Hockey Jesus said...

Yesterday at the pool Lucy kept spashing the water and screaming "Firewacks!" I love the way this mingles fire and water. Look for it in a post, but you heard it here first.

Queen Mommy said...

Exactly what the 4th is all about! We will not be venturing out this year for fireworks, but soon enough!

KimmyJ said...

So true! Thanks for the visual.

asthmagirl said...

Great post! And I love the new picture!
The Brute Squad isn't so keen on fireworks, so we're going out to the island to enjoy family and eat barbecue. On the drive home we see all sorts of fireworks from Olympia to Tacoma and beyond!

Scary Mommy said...

I think fireworks are magical. I'm like a kid again! Happy 4th :)

Mrs. Parks said...

Thats nice about the firworks and all the pretty light and stuff, but for me, it's the FOOD, family and friends!
Tonight I will make sure to look around and see how everyone looks eating wieners by "fire works"light though : )
Enjoy your wee-end, OH and I really like the new picture!

Heather said...

I took your advice and watched the people's faces during the fireworks. I loved watching the kids and thought that I really needed to figure out how to take their pictures while the fireworks were going off to capture their expressions under the light. I tried, but they turned out all grainy looking.

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