Obviously, this 4th of July is going to be different for a lot of people. For many people, this is probably the angriest Independence Day in my lifetime and I know there’s some people who are even saying that it’ll be our last because America’s on the verge of collapsing. What’s funny, of course, is that I wrote the exact same words last year. And I think that I may have written them the year before that. In fact, I think that there hasn’t been an Independence Day since 2010 in which a large group of people were angry and saying that this one was going to be our last.
It’s gotten so predictable that I’m going to repeat exactly what I wrote last year:
Personally, I don’t think it’ll be our last and I think that, though it may not seem like it today, things will get better. America’s been through tough times before. If most of the people out there knew as much about history as they thought they did, they’d know that.
Now, myself, I have to admit that I love the whole ritual of fireworks. I’m a Texan and I’m probably more of a country girl than even I’m willing to admit. I mean, as sophisticated as I may try to be here on the Shattered Lens, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t own an American flag bikini and if I didn’t kind of get a thrill from the sight of fireworks exploding in the night sky. Of course, if I had to choose between seeing an uncut version of Von Stroheim’s Greed or watching Fireworks, Von Stroheim would probably win out because I love cinema even more than I love fireworks. That said, fireworks are still really cool, especially when you’ve got a bunch of stuffy government types telling you not to set them off.
Anyway, here’s my point. There’s going to be fireworks tonight, whether they’re “legal” or not. A lot of them will probably be set off by drunk idiots in their backyard. People are still recovering from having been locked down for the last few years. There’s a lot of frustration and a lot of people are going to be expressing that frustration by making as much noise as possible. (I don’t blame the people, by the way. I blame government officials who, instead of understanding people’s frustrations and trying to help them deal with them, instead used the entire crisis to act like a bunch of petty authoritarians. A little empathy goes a long way to convincing people to do the right thing.)
So, please, as a favor to me — GET YOUR PETS INSIDE! KEEP THEM INSIDE! Seriously, they’re going to be scared to death. Every 4th of July, our cat hides underneath a bed and refuses to come out until after the fireworks have stopped. Erin and I usually toss one of his kitty toys under there and he’ll usually end up playing with it until he eventually decides to come out. It’s funny. As much as we would worry whenever we saw Doc scramble under the bed, that’s where he feels safe on the 4th of July. I don’t know if it’s the same for dogs but cats are all about finding a safe place. Once they do, they can handle just about anything.
Also, please remember that fireworks may be fun to you and me but they’re not fun for people who have served in war and/or who are suffering from PTSD and who might find them triggering. So, check on your neighbors. Keep them in mind before you go crazy trying to recreate a combat zone in their neighborhood.
“But Lisa, you just said you love fireworks….”
Yes, I do. But I love animals and treating people with consideration even more.
Anyway, stay safe out there! Happy Independence Day from the Shattered Lens!