The Other Side of Dusk

by , posted on July 4th, 2010 in Uncategorized




It’s quiet in my house.

Outside? Different story.

The natives are starting to set off bottle rockets as the sky slowly darkens just the other side of dusk.

David and the two big kids are on their way with three neighbor kids to see the fireworks down by the beach. They all piled into our Suburban and Clone Wars was on the video screen before they’d even backed out of the driveway. Because when you’re 6 and 5 and 4 and 3? There’s really not much better than being packed together with your best buddies, watching a movie and going on an adventure.

Did I mention it’s quiet in my house? I’m here, while X sleeps upstairs. It’s quiet, but it’s not silent. One of my dogs is terrified of firecrackers and all loud noises. She’s currently trying to get under my chair and is panting and nudging me with her cold wet nose. She is a 90-pound baby.

I also seem to be talking to my fish.

Anyway, I love fireworks. I miss them.

I saw them all the time when I was working. The Angels have fireworks after games every Friday night in the summer but I was on deadline and didn’t have time to take in the view. I’ve seen them in other stadiums, for World Series and All Star Games. The best I ever saw was at Coors Field in Colorado, when I actually stopped writing to ooh and aah. But I watched from the press box. Which is completely different then finding just the right spot and settling down in a lawn chair on the cool grass, waiting and waiting for the show to start.

Because fireworks? They never get old. And the louder, the better.  The first time my parents took me, I must’ve been three – and spent the entire time hiding under the chair and crying (much like my dog, come to think of it). One time, when I was working in upstate New York, my then-boyfriend and I watched from a blanket on the grass of a local park. The fireworks were set off so low we literally got ash in our eyes.

I never get to go now. Sawyer came along and he was too little to go, then Sage arrived. Then David would take Sawyer and I’d stay with Sage. And then X arrived.

So here I sit. With a sleeping baby, a nervous dog and a fish who doesn’t talk back.

And I’ll have to imagine the wonder in my children’s eyes as they watch the sky explode into a million brilliant colors.

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23 Responses to “The Other Side of Dusk”

  1. Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation Says:

    July 4th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I can’t wait until our kids are older to go. They are both asleep and the neighborhood fireworks have started. I really hope they don’t wake them up!!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I just tweeted you! My dog, who is, I think, on her way to a heart attack, is occasionally barking. If she wakes up the baby I will beat her senseless! Okay, not really, but I’ll want to. Ugh! This is actually the first year the kids are going to be anywhere really close to a show. Last year they went to a hill near our house where they could see 3 or 4 displays but from a distance.

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  2. Karen Mortensen Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, we are not out watching them either. We don’t really have any excuses, we are just not going. Probably too lazy.
    Anyway, I need to ask you a favor. Could you tell me how to post my blogs to my Facebook? So I get a thumbnail and people can click on it and go to my blog. Thanks. My email is kmort10@hotmail.com
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I sent you an email!

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  3. Jennifer I. Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Love fireworks on the 4th. One of my favorite childhood memories. Belgium’s independence day is on July 21st and they do only very limited fireworks so my kids have never really seen them. What can I say, nobody parties as well as the good old USA! We may try to go to the States next summer and let the kids celebrate a real 4th of July.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Your kids would LOVE that!!!

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  4. Cheryl D. Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I’m so sorry you’re stuck at home. It won’t be long until your youngest will be able to go and you can all go as a family!

    BTW, I know someone who’s in your old line of work. You’ve got to know him. He’s covered both the Angels and the Dodgers for the L.A. Times.
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  5. Cheryl Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Are his initials BS or MD?

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    Cheryl D. Reply:

    BS! LOL!
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  6. themombshell Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    ah the glorious fourth, similiar to July 1st Canada Day but with weak beer!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Yes! Weak beer is right! I actually had my second beer in over two years yesterday. Shocking, I know!

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  7. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    We got gypped this year–it rained buckets and thundered/lightninged. Nature’s fireworks, I guess?
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I would love a good thunderstorm out here. Never happens! Usually there’s one or two claps and that’s it.

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  8. The Mayor! Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I took them anyways LOL…I just didn’t wanna miss those moments, & Dad wasn’t gonna be the one staying home with the baby so I kept them with one ear pressed to my chest, & my hand over their other ear, sometimes even had them tucked in nursing under my coat & blankets etc. If they were really too little, we’d just park nearby where the older kids could sit on the car roof with us to watch, but the baby could be safely ensconced in the car seat away from the noise. But ya know, it’s not always a bad thing to have the house to yourself & some peace & quiet LOL!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Yeah, I just couldn’t see schlepping my 15 month old for a show that started at 9 – they didn’t get home til 10:30. Not worth having a tired cranky baby the next day!

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  9. joann mannix Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m on vacation this week in Chicago. We watched the fireworks from my sister’s balcony on the 37th floor right across from the fireworks barge at Navy Pier. More importantly than the incredible view was my 4 year old niece’s presence. My girls are halfway to grown and a little jaded when it comes to fireworks. Our home’s proximity to Disney World gives us the advantage of seeing great fireworks all the time at Epcot. To watch the wonder and joy in that sweet little girl’s eyes was glorious.

    Happy Fourth. I’ll be back next week to my beloved blogland.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    My kids said they loved it and my husband said it was really awesome. I think I’m going to have to go next year – I don’t want to miss any more moments!

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  10. Kris Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    WOOT WOOT for the beer! The show was bizarre this year. I’ve never seen the grand finale in the middle of the show. They didn’t end until 10:50!

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Which one did you go to? Also? I was totally buzzed after the first sip or two. Talk about a cheap date!

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  11. Aging Mommy Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I love fireworks too – we did not go again this year but in a couple of years hope to go to the big display we used to attend. Still I don’t think we missed much this year as it rained all night long!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I’m determined to go next year. Even though X will probably be a disaster.

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  12. Diapers and Wine Says:

    July 5th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    You know, I was actually thinking of posing the question, “how old were your kids when you started taking them to fireworks?” Because I feel like I am totally missing out. And I don’t even have a fish.
    Diapers and Wine recently posted..Word to My Mother- Yo

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    Cheryl Reply:

    This was the first time we – er, I mean, David – actually took them somewhere. Usually they just go to a hill that’s basically across the street. Next year? I’m going. X will just have to deal!

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