He Said/They Said

Watching fireworks behind an 8 year-old seeing fireworks for the first time:



"Wow, what if this were a video game!"

"Hey, what if they landed in your hand and exploded on you!"

Watching fireworks behind a 30 year-old comedy writer and his writing partner:



"I bet this is what they make the Al Qaeda guys watch so that they're like, Aw, America? Not so bad after all."

"Hello, Alberto Gonzalez? Wanna get rid of all those Guantanamo lawsuits? Have we got an idea for you..."

Watching fireworks behind a 30 (ahem) year-old bleeding heart blogger:

"You know, when I was in Bosnia I asked whether they had some kind of parade to celebrate their Independence Day and my friend responded, 'No, of course not. This country doesn't have any money to pay for a parade. If we had that money we'd feed people instead.' We're really lucky. Let's not forget it."

"Also? That one that looked like jellyfish? That was awesome."


Hope you all had a great Fourth, whatever your perspective.


Blogger Stacy said...

I'm not really a big fan of fireworks but it was fun seeing it through my daughter's eyes this year. It was her first year watching them and she was afraid at first, but eventually loosened up. You might have heard her screaming, "wow," or "oooohhhh!" It was too cute!

7/5/06, 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahah!! Too funny!!

I stayed home and played on the net because 1) no likey loud things and 2) too freakin' crowded out there.

Glad you had a great time, woman! :)

7/5/06, 10:56 AM  
Blogger Cristina said...

And watching fireworks behind an almost 1-year-old? Might I guess there was a little crying involved? At least there was for my son. Scared the bejesus out of him.

(Love this post and your reminder that we ARE lucky to live in this country.)

7/5/06, 11:14 AM  
Blogger Erin M said...

perspective of a tire bitchy blogger mama

If those dumderheads across the street light off one more I'm going to shove this nervous whining wreck of a dog up their hairy asses and laugh as he claws and bites his way back out

I was in a bad moood BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

happy 4th (at little late)

7/5/06, 11:26 AM  
Blogger PetiteMommy said...

It stormed in our area so no fireworks last night. However, we celebrated on sunday night with some and both of my boys still don't like the loud noises. Happy late 4th and thanks for the reminder.

7/5/06, 11:32 AM  
Blogger toyfoto said...

We were on our way to the Boston-area for the fourth and happened upon a fireworks display on 290 over Worchester.

Him: Look at the fireworks

Her: Ohhh sparklies.
boom, boom BOOOOOOOM.

7/5/06, 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only fireworks we had were these. awesome AND inexpensive. and almost video-game worthy. almost.

hope you had a fabulous 4th! xox

7/5/06, 11:45 AM  
Blogger Nichole said...

"Wow, what if this were a video game!"

I play a video game that has a fireworks show every Saturday in August. Um, yeah...I'm a total dork.

We didn't do fireworks this year. E is a little too young I think. But, hopefully we'll still be in the Boston area next year. It'd be a shame to move before seeing the Boston Pops fireworks.

Happy (belated) 4th!

7/5/06, 11:48 AM  
Blogger j.sterling said...

ah man! that was awesome!!!!!! you rock. fireworks rock. thanks for blogging!

7/5/06, 1:46 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

i haven't visited in awhile (shame on me) so on the past few posts:
--i hate people who kid compare but i find myself doing the same thing...it's tough! i love talking about the physical things b/c she's awesome at that but i hate hearing about the language deal (says the mom with the kid who can't say ASINGLE CONSONANT AT 8 MONTHS)
--3rd graders (or any child from about 7-18) are tough! i love my little sister (she's 7) but it is hard to know what to "do" with her. she's either too old or too young for everything. however, she is getting to the age of being able to change diapers...it is coming soon!
--crying to sleep: VERY hard! little bit didn't wail too many nights but the fussing is hard enough. i can't imagine the wailing for an hour! i would DEFINITELY give in! i admire you for your strength and totally support the effort. you are definitely doing the right thing (if not for her, definitely for you and nate)
--and last: SUCH PRETTY FIREWORKS! always remember that i am sad and jealous that you live in the greatest city on earth and i don't.

7/5/06, 2:21 PM  
Blogger Occidental Girl said...

HA! This was great.

We didn't go anywhere to watch fireworks, but could see several displays from our house. This was nice, but meant I missed hearing comments from others on the show, like you captured so well.

7/5/06, 3:20 PM  
Blogger J said...

Maya's best line of the evening..."That one looked like a clown named Bob". I don't know how she comes up with this stuff, but it cracks me up. 10 year olds are fun. :)

7/5/06, 3:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Watching fireworks behind a 30 (ahem) year-old mother to 3 yr old:

LOOOOK!!! LOOOK! PRETTY!!! LOOK!!!!! OOOOOOOOH!!!! PRETTY!!! OOOOH! NOOO, don't cry. It's nothing to be scared of. Just big BANGS!! But LOOOOOOOOK, SEEEE??? PRETTY!!!!!! Ok. let's go home.

Yeah, note to self. After entertaining boy quite nicely with supermarket fireworks, avoid hauling his overexcited ass into car seat to "big" fireworks 3-4 hours after bedtime.

7/5/06, 3:47 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Mine was filled mostly with Ooooohhhh wow Mommy, from Nata. Like I was doing it or something. And then Maya telling me every 20 seconds, this is way to loud. Can they turn it down?

7/5/06, 3:50 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

We had a nice one... glad yours was good, too. :)

7/5/06, 4:23 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

That was great! The men in our 4th "party" made comments, while watching the fireworks around the lake, like "Oh, that was a Ferrari. There goes a Beemer. That was a Hummer. And a Mercedes". Lots of moula being lit on fire in these parts.

I really love your perspective! :)


7/5/06, 5:46 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Clever post. :) I've been a 4th of July grinch this year, but that's okay. By not attending our city's fireworks display, we missed hearing loss and witnessing a stabbing, I hear. Good holiday fun. (Is it me, or am I getting more and more cynical?)

7/5/06, 6:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That post was a cool idea. Loved it.

7/5/06, 6:32 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

And in front of a soon-be-six-year-old?? (My son is standing behind me right now admiring your beautiful picture!): AAAH!! OH MY GOD!!! IS THAT A PICTURE OF THE CIRCUS?!?!

7/5/06, 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe those are all awesome comments on fireworks, but the eight year old's response is my favorite.

7/5/06, 9:52 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

That a thirty-something American blogger/mother comes up with something much more interesting than OOOOH... AAAAH in response to fireworks - that she says something reflective about Bosnia -is, for me, reason enough to celebrate America. Happy (belated) 4th!

7/5/06, 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool post. Always fun to experience those things that let us be kids again.

7/5/06, 11:25 PM  
Blogger Ann D said...

Just discovered your blog tonight and am enjoying it tremendously. Love your honesty and sense of humor.

7/5/06, 11:51 PM  

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