You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. -Erma Bombeck
I took my children to see the fireworks for the first time this year. Yes, I’m THAT MOM who thought staying up late to see the fireworks, which are loud and crowded, was not worth it to kids under the age of 5. I even admitted to it last year (of course, I assume none of the cool moms read my blog except to mock my weirdness).
But my oldest will be 6 at the end of the summer so we decided that he and, by default, his 3-year-old sister, could stay up. Back in January, my son stayed up for the Super Bowl and it was SO MUCH FUN and not just because the Giants won.
We watched a youtube video of the D.C. fireworks from last year to get them psyched, and, with my son as the official fireworks timekeeper, we counted down until 9:30 p.m.. Right on cue, the sky lit up with reds and blues and “star rain” as my kids called it. I was enthralled, but my youngest began to thrash around irritably in our laps and my son soon followed suit.
And then, before the show could finish reminding us how much America rocks and for first time in their lives, THEY BOTH ASKED TO GO TO SLEEP. No prodding changed their minds so we turned our backs on the continuing oohs and ahhs and went to bed with my conscience completely relieved any guilt I had for being an uptight mom about bedtime. I WIN! Nothing but sleep and schedules and sleeping on schedules but still …
When I’m not high-fiving myself for not letting my kids see the fourth of July fireworks for years, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.
My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):
- Most inspirational Mom Blogs: On AllParenting, LateEnough.com was chosen as one of the most inspirational mom blogs. YAY! I’m in some great company, too.
- Enough Books: On Facebook, for those of you who were interested in reading the books I recommended on This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff and talking about them in a book club made for people who don’t like book clubs, feel free to join our impromptu Facebook group book club, Enough Books. I’ve also read multiple books this summer, which are not in that particular post, but I would be happy to discuss. Honestly, it’s pretty much not a book club — more like an online group of people who all happen to be reading.
Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:
- Independence Day: From 100 Things I Learned, 100 plot problems and funny ideas from the movie that made July 4th the world’s Independence Day. (funny nerdy)
- DNA Evidence Frees Black Man Convicted Of Bear Attack: From The Onion, Georgia police were so confident Marshall was the man who killed young Janet Kelly in a state bear preserve, they didn’t investigate other suspects. (hilarious satire)
- [Infographic] Combating Mass Incarceration – The Facts: From ACLU, infographs that help illustrate why American needs prison reform since we have 25% of the prison population. I’ve written on prison reform for addicts and alcoholics since the war on drugs contributed greatly to our current problems. (important)