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As light shoots into the sky, we huddle up. Ooooohhh. Ahhhhhh. Wow. An aerial art show stills the crowd on New Year’s Eve or Independence day—or every day if you live in the Magic Kingdom.
Lakeside, oceanside, cityside.
Amusement - Parks - Bridge - Mountains
In amusement parks, under a bridge, surrounded by mountains.
We exhale and look up. Together.
Night - Friends - Family - Lit - Burning
We gaze into the night with friends and family, faces lit with burning colors painted in the sky.
Kids on shoulders.
Sparklers - Hand
Sparklers in hand.
These moments are big.
They beg for picnic baskets full of sandwiches and cool drinks.
Quilts - Kids - Pets - Shoes
For soft quilts spread all around for the kids, pets and shoes.
But not everyone is a fan:
Kids - Anything - Fire - Nature - Microwave
Since my kids were able to communicate, they have been openly opposed to anything on fire, loud or popping in nature. The microwave can even be a challenge—especially when I’m the one doing the cooking.
Cover. Their. Ears.
Ireland - Line - Something - Fireworks - ANYWHERE
Anyway, we are in Ireland, and it’s hot and muggy. And we are in line getting something refreshing to drink when we realize that the fireworks that can be seen ANYWHERE in the park are going to start in five minutes.
I start the mental re-con:
Can we get anywhere not loud in five minutes?
There are four adults.
Hands - Ears
That means eight hands to cover four little ears.
The math says we’ve got it covered.
Ice - Drinks - Hands - Hand - Number
The ice cold drinks in our hands take the free hand number down to three.”
We are one ear short.
Girls - Ana - Elsa - Figurines
Meanwhile, our two oblivious girls are playing with their $30 Ana and Elsa figurines.
Ana - Elsa - Year - Cartoon
Ana and Elsa get dropped like last year’s cartoon.
We grab the girls.
Friends - Toys
Our friends grab the toys.
We are officially the meanest parents alive.
Escape - Plan - Friend - Shoulders - Guy
The escape plan evolves, and we hoist our oldest up onto our friend’s shoulders. I’m not sure how this is supposed to help since getting on a 6’3” guy’s shoulders only gets you closer to the action, but it’s a plan...
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