Monday, July 6, 2009



We had a wonderful time at Lolly’s on the 4th. I’ve been a lazy daisy today and haven’t uploaded the photos to my computer yet but I’ll have them in a day or two.

While writing my Independence Day post, I was reminded of a 4th of July a few years ago.

We were visiting Mom and Daddy at the lake. Daughter #1 wasn’t with us and Daughter #2 had brought along a friend. The kids really wanted to see some fireworks so we inquired where the closest place would be. Mom made a few phone calls and then with precise directions in hand (Mom was the best at giving directions to anywhere) we were off to Micanopy.

Have you ever seen the movie, Doc Hollywood with Michael J. Fox? If you’re not familiar with Micanopy, it was the location for that movie. It’s a beautiful little old Florida town. We parked a few blocks from the park where the fireworks were being presented. We carried our lawn chairs and were happy to find a place right up front at the fence of the baseball diamond.

My Harley Stud immediately commented that if we were able to sit “that close” to the actual display, how explosive could they be? He’s a smart cookie, that MHS, I tell ya.

Just as we settled into our chairs, and brought out some snacks, a truck backed into the spot right behind us. It will filled with kids. They all piled out of the truck and into the bed and settled in for the big show.

The sun finally set and before long we witnessed the first pop. Not a BOOM, mind you. More like a pop. We smiled remembering what MHS had said earlier. The show continued. It wasn’t very exciting. There wasn’t much to ooooo and ahhhhh about and no music. But we laughed and enjoyed ourselves as we made fun of these very lame fireworks. (If you are from Micanopy or the surrounding areas, please don’t be offended. I love your town but seriously, I’ve seen bigger displays put out by the kids across the street.)

With each pop and spark, we laughed ourselves silly as it became one of those situations where it was so ridiculous that you had to laugh. But there was a another situation developing in our midst that was hard to ignore.

A little boy in the back of the pickup sitting directly behind us was not happy with the show. With each explosion (and I use the term loosely) he would cry out. It went something like this:


“Oh God, can’t we just go hoooooooome!”


“I can’t take it!”


“I waaaannnnt to go hooooooommme!”


“Oh Gawwwwwwwwwwwwwd!”

It became quite comical to us and we couldn’t help ourselves but to laugh even more when you added the sound effects show in the background to the “Fireworks Lite” in the foreground. Finally we had just about as much fun for one night as we could take. We agreed to skip the “grand finale” and go buy some sparklers at the 7-11 and head back to the lake.

As we gathered up our bags and the chairs, we heard this:


“Oh Gawwwwwwd. I just want to go hooooooommmmme. Why can’t we go hoooooommmmme?” And then accusingly: “THEY’RE GOING HOOOOMMMME! Why can’t we just go hooooooommmmme? “


“Oh Gawwwwwwd!”

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend taking a trip to the historical town of Micanopy. It has the cutest ice cream shop and wonderful antique stores. There is a bed and breakfast there where we once witnessed a military wedding ceremony on the lawn. It was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever experienced.

Just skip the fireworks. *wink*

***Note to the little boy and his parents***

We apologize for our insensitivity to your discomfort. It couldn’t have been an easy night for any of you. We feel really badly that we couldn’t stop giggling. It was just so darn funny.

Well……it WAS!


Reader Wil said...

Oh, SMB! Your description of the fireworks, and that little boy is so funny !! It's the first laugh for me today!Thanks!

blueviolet said...

How obvious were you in your giggling?

I love your positive attitude. Most people would have been saying the same thing as the little boy!

only a movie said...

I can picture the whole scene... and giggling right along with you.

Thanks for sharing, yet again!

Gaston Studio said...

Oh, I did laugh at this one so much! You were probably right to skip the grand finale.

Too bad that so many of our small towns had to forego fireworks altogether due to budget constraints. Our little town did put on a decent display but it was about half as much as last year.


Jan said...

Whaddya mean there was no music? Sounds like the little fella behind you was doing a marvelous job of serenading you!

You've got much better manners than me and Beloved - we wouldn't have just giggled, we'd have fallen down and rolled around on the ground laughing. Poor little bugger probably would have been scarred for life.

Beth said...

This is why I love working in an elementary school. I get to chuckle at the things the kids say all day long. If only it were time for them to come back!

Happy 4th! Thanks for sharing a great story.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

Poor kid...he just wanted to see some spectacular fireworks.

I remember Doc Hollywood...but it was such a long time ago I can't really remember if I loved it, hated it, or just didn't really care.

midlifeslices said...

You're just terrible. Ha!

I would have been laughing too, btw....

midlifeslices said...

You're just terrible. Ha!

I would have been laughing too, btw....

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Oh, the family tales we remember. Hope you had decent fireworks this year - and as much fun.

Michel said...

hahah! That kid sounds like a hoot. I totally would have been laughing right along with you!

Linda said...

Oh my! Too, too funny! I think I might have jumped up and ran in circles shouting "the sky is falling! We're all gonna die!" Yes. I'm that mean. But THAT would have been funny too:)

Hit 40 said...

If that was my kid, I would have had to leave :-( I hate listening to whiney unhappy kids.

We even left our kids in the peter pan club at disney to go enjoy some real rides without them. They had a great time watching movies.

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namaste said...

oh i love the little boy and the fireworks story! LOL!

otin said...

I wanted to live there after seeing Doc Hollywood! LOL!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Fireworks... ya either love 'em or ya hate 'em. I believe he was the latter.

The Blue Ridge Gal
(too funny)

Fragrant Liar said...

Small towns, fireworks, summer, and beer. Sounds good to me. I'm thinking the kid just added a nice sound track to replace the John Philip Sousa stuff. I'd have been laughing too.

Oz Girl said...

That sounds like a really pleasant and happy memory. :-)

Small towns are so spittin' adorable and they do try, but hey, they wouldn't be a small town if their fireworks measured up to Orlando, now would they?! And it sounds like that kid added so much more to the evening than a perfect soundtrack ever could have!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Wil-Glad I could make you smile.

BV-Pretty obvious but maybe not so much to the kid.

Movie-Yes, you would have been. :-)

Jane-I don't think we could have taken the grand finale. The poor kid was about to have a stroke.

Jan-You and Be are EVIL! Bwahahaha!

Beth-Oh Gawwwwwwd! I can still hear it. LOL

OP-It was a sweet movie.

MLS-Yes, I know. And yes, I know.

MLJH-It was great and not lame at all!

Michel-Oh the fun we would have had.

Linda-You are a BAD, BAD girl. LOL

Hit40-The problem was taking them home would have ruined it for the other 6-8 kids.

Kristina-I will check it out. I'm not that good at following instruction......and I cheat.

Namaste-He was cute too.

Otin-I loved that movie and wanted to move there too. Still do. I'll just continue to get my fireworks fix at the Mouse House.

Di-I hear that Noleboy was like that as a kid. Or so says his mother.

Liar-Personally I prefer a little Lee Greenwood but the pleading did give us a good laugh. Poor baby.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

OG-Yes, I love the small town life. I miss it terribly.

smiles4u said...

There is nothing like small town fireworks! And fireworks wouldn't be the same without the commentarys of children. But, I must say, the small towns around here do a pretty darn good job.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Small time life at it's very best! What a cute memory...but..truthfully, I am such a namby pamby when it comes to loud noises I would have probably thought it was great! Even balloons scare the bejesus out of me!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Um...that's "town" not time..LOL