Last week was Bonfire Night. To be honest I wasn’t feeling 100% so decided not to mention it to the children. I thought to myself, if they bring it up then I will gather myself and make the effort to take them to a display. I have to admit that I was secretly pleased when no one mentioned it, especially because for most of the week we could hear fireworks going off pretty much all the time. It would be fair to say that Charlie is not a massive fan of fireworks, so it’s usually me that gets to organise finding a local display. We have never done our own display in the garden – I guess being a fairly cautious person I would be concerned about safety!
Just when I thought all firework displays had been and gone, my good friend and neighbour popped round and asked if we’d like to join them for some fireworks that evening. The kids overheard our conversation and were over the moon and couldn’t believe they had nearly missed seeing fireworks this year. So just when I thought I had got away with it – we were soon getting on all our warm winter clothes ready to join our friends – at least we didn’t have to travel too far and only had to go over the road to watch them.
One thing I had definitely failed to remember from last year is Alice’s growing sensitivity to noise, and in particular sudden unexpected noises. Our neighbours did reassure us that there wouldn’t be too many big fireworks as they had only bought them at the supermarket. However it became apparent very quickly that they were much louder and bigger than expected.
Within seconds, Alice made her feelings known and there was no way she was staying to watch any more. Charlie volunteered to take her inside where they could watch from the window. Lauren and Annie weren’t bothered at all, think they were just please to be watching the display without the whinging and whining from Alice. I must remember this in future. Am sure Charlie will be only too pleased to take one for the team and stay at home with Alice.
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