Fireworks: How This Tradition Encompasses America!
Happy Independence Day to the SR Nation! I realize that not everyone in the SR Nation is from the United States, so I understand if you are not interested about my ‘Murica ramblings. However, since it is the 4th, I like to let some of my ‘Love of Country’ bleed through in my writing.
So yesterday (or the 3rd of July for later readers), I was helping out at a Fireworks Show, and we lit some by hand, but most were electronically lit. I was out there, probably around 20 feet from fireworks shooting off explosions that paint the sky. The crackle. The flashes of light. The smell of black powder. It was all around me…And had that been happening at any normal situation, I would probably be terrified. No one wants to hear crackle, see flashing lights, and the smell of powder at a Walmart. However, since all of sounds, lights, and smells were coming from the fireworks, I was in Seventh Heaven.
There is something unique about being under fireworks. I do not mean just watching fireworks from a distance. I am talking about being directly under the explosions in the sky. Lighting them off, and seeing the beam of light shoot off into the atmosphere just yards away. Some may think that it sounds dangerous, silly, or just downright barbaric. And in some circumstances, it may be…But isn’t that the reason so many of us love fireworks? It has a sense of danger, is a little silly, and is a longtime-tradition…Even old-fashioned.
Those thoughts were going through my head, as I was looking straight up at the Fireworks. But the main thing that I always came back to in my thoughts was how glad I was to live in America. In America, we are allowed to have adventures…To make experiences…To have fun, even if it may look silly to “Certain People”. We are allowed to continue long held traditions, whether it is having barbeque while firing off fireworks in the backyard, going out and counting down a Christmas Tree, or searching in a field for Easter Eggs which were laid by a gigantic pink bunny. We are allowed to do things that may look silly, and may not be the most “Safe” option. But we are free to do so, in any case.
If you think about it. Fireworks is a lot like what it means to be an American. Sometimes, we do things that may be a little dangerous for the sake of something (or someone) greater. As Americans, we believe in having fun, and not taking life too seriously. Other countries may make fun of us, but we don’t care. We don’t let other people’s ideas determine what or how we should think. And yes, we may be a little old fashioned. But haven’t those old-fashioned ideals helped the United States progress to be one of the most influential countries in the world? Hasn’t it kept millions of people safe, and free for centuries? If it ain’t broke, then why fix it?
Being American is not about geography, it’s a way of life. Millions of people in the United States may be described as “Americans”, but they are not American. Being American is an ideology, it is a way of living.
Hopefully, you are proud to be an American. If you are not from the U.S.A, then I hope that you are proud of your country.
God Bless America!
And do WLYF!
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