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Don’t make the fireworks mistake that I made

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Maggie Downs

posted in Life

I’m a fireworks fan.

Give me a clear night, a cold drink, and something sparkly in the sky, and I’m all set.

When I was in college, I even took a class about the history and development of pyrotechnic devices, because I’m a nerd who also likes to have a blast.

Obviously, I wanted to pass this love along to my child.

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Four summers ago, my child was due on July 4. I remember sitting on a blanket in a field near my house, watching the city’s Independence Day display and rubbing my belly. Each boom seemed to reverberate through me, and the baby acknowledged them with a series of kicks. I couldn’t wait for my son to make his debut and experience the fireworks with his own eyes.

The following July 4th, I was tired. My almost-1-year-old dozed in his crib, and I was just happy to have a sleeping child. I didn’t dare disturb him.

But last year? It was on.

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My son was already asleep by the time it was dark enough for the celebration to begin. So I woke him up, and I carried him to the field near my house – the field where I once waited and dreamed and hoped for my own little sparkler. With every rocket that whistled into the sky and burst into magnificent spiderwebs of glimmering light, my child wailed. howled. screamed his tiny head off.

He wasn’t having any part of these fireworks, no matter how attractive I tried to make them.

“Look at the colors!” I said.

“GAAAHHHHHH!” he said.

“Look at the lights!”

“BBBWAAAHHH!”

“It’s so sparkly!”

“WAAAEEEYYOOOOAAAGGGHH!!!!”

I couldn’t understand it. Don’t kids love things like this? Aren’t fireworks fun?

It’s only now, as I am making plans for this year’s festivities, that I have realized the error of my ways: Things that go boom are scary.

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Sure, fireworks can be glorious for those of us who have a little experience navigating the world. But for the new little ones among us, it’s terrifying to be taken out of bed, dragged outside – sleepy and disoriented – and see explosives.

Hi, mom of the year here.

This time around, I’ve been talking to my son about fireworks and I showed him a couple of videos, getting him excited about the possibility of seeing them in real life. But I still haven’t decided if we’re going to make a point of going outside to see them or not. It doesn’t matter to me so much anymore. I’ve watched a lot of fireworks before, and I will again.

But spending time with my child – keeping him happy and content and feeling safe in the world? That’s what really gets me fired up.

Do you watch fireworks displays with your children?

This post was originally published in June, 2017.

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Never mind the bitter cold of January. When a sick little girl wanted a fireworks show, people in her northeast Missouri community found a way to grant the wish and crown her “Princess Molly.”

A large crowd assembled near the Mississippi River in Hannibal on Wednesday — despite the below-zero wind chill — to watch the show and support 11-year-old Molly McKinley, The Hannibal Courier-Post (http://bit.ly/1tNayPE ) reported. The Hannibal girl, who has a life-threatening form of ataxia, a neurological disorder, had asked Make-A-Wish Missouri for a trip to Disney World. When her illness made that impossible, the organization sought to give her a Disney-like party in Hannibal, a town of 17,000 residents about 100 miles north of St. Louis, and the community pitched in.

The party and fireworks show were kept a secret, so Molly was surprised when she arrived Wednesday evening at the Mark Twain Brewing Co. on the town’s historic Main Street.

“What are these people doing here?” Molly asked her mother, before members of the fire department escorted her to the second floor for a prime view of the fireworks over the river.

Mayor Roy Hark proclaimed her “Princess Molly of the Kingdom of Hannibal” and gave her a key to the city, the famed hometown of author Mark Twain.

“We all love you,” Hark said.

Ataxia affects the central nervous system, causing problems with balance and coordination. The disease can affect fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech and eye movements.

Molly’s mother, Dawn Bricker, said the community’s support for Molly, who was diagnosed four years ago, was overwhelming.

“This is fabulous,” Bricker said.

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Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post, http://www.hannibal.net
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