So, usually, whenever a holiday rolls around, Doc, the ennui-afflicted TSL Cat, writes a celebratory post. Every year, I get people asking me how Doc, with his big paws and his lack of a formal education, can handle typing out a 500-word post. And every year, I say the same thing: “Doc can do anything he puts his mind to!”
That said, I wanted to write today’s holiday post because I do have a very important message that I want to share with anyone who might be reading this. I share this every year but, judging by the thunderous explosions and crackling bangs that kept me away last night, it needs to be said again.
First off, it’s great that you have fireworks but you know what? You don’t need to shoot them off in your back yard! GET OUT OF THE SUBURBS IF YOU’RE GOING TO SHOOT THOSE THINGS OFF! Go out to the country and drink your beer and blow your hands off out there. A few years ago, we actually had some drunken idiots who tried to shoot off fireworks in the middle of the street and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to calling the police on anyone.
Seriously, fireworks are fun and America’s great. But neither one of those is an excuse for being a dick.
Secondly, remember that most animals aren’t going to be aware that today is Independence Day. What we think of as being a celebration is going to sound like the end of the world to them. Take care of your pets and make sure they’re safely inside tonight. Doc’s probably going to spend tonight under my bed, as he often seems to do during the noisy holidays. Fortunately, after about an hour, he forgets why he’s hiding and instead concentrates on trying to play tag whenever he sees my ankles.
Finally, the sounds of this holiday can bring back terrible memories for some people. Please keep our veterans in mind before you try to make your neighborhood sound like a war zone.
So, I guess my 4th of July message is this: Be kind. Be considerate. Let’s be the best that we can be.
Happy 4th of July, everyone!