This week’s prompt from https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2022/06/23/throwback-thursday-44-fireworks-celebrations/ is: Fireworks Celebrations
1) What are your earliest memories of watching fireworks? We used to go to firework displays, rather than having them at home. I haven’t really got a childhood memory of them, as my mum wasn’t too keen. She got chased by a Catherine Wheel, when it wasn’t attached to the fence properly.
2) Were you more afraid or excited at the time? I was excited, and loved holding a sparkler and writing my name in the dark.
3) What occasions were celebrated with watching fireworks? The only celebration we had was Bonfire Night on November the 5th. We do have fireworks at new years. There are also fireworks I have seen when it is Diwali. I used to live in a place where it was celebrated. We had firework displays at home, both when my children were young, and when my granddaughter was one.
4) Did you travel to fireworks shows, or did your family have their own, safe and sane explosives? I travelled to firework shows with my daughter, son and husband when my children were younger. The kids loved the fireworks, having hotdogs, and going to the fairground afterwards.
5) Did you ever light off illegal fireworks? No, I saw how dangerous they were when I was younger.
6) Did you typically have a family celebration before the night time display? What did it include? No, I remember we had a garden fireworks display and Dad didn’t put the Catherine Wheel on the fence properly. It chased Mum into the kitchen and she refused to have them anymore.
7) As you grew older, did your feelings about fireworks change? I have dogs, and no how scared they get when fireworks go off.
8) Now the thinker: Many places are restricting fireworks now because of the trauma it can cause to pets, young children, and sensitive adults. How do you feel about restricting fireworks? I think they should be restricted to big events. Too often teenagers, getting the help of older kids, buy them. They let them off in the street, or in the park, and they have no idea on how to keep safe. Cats, dogs, the elderly, do not deserve to be frightened because they are letting them off without any care for others.