Sunday, July 24, 2011

A favorite thing in the summertime

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I was driving home the other night and was heading into the city through the highways. The buildings of downtown were speckled with lights and activity, and our small city seemed to be more appealing in the nighttime. I had my radio on low, as Little Olive was asleep in the backseat. It was cooler, so the windows were closed and the temperature was perfect inside.

Just as I was turning a bend in the road, I saw a single firework come up over the river. One by one, beautiful colors filled the sky and faded away. It was so pretty. I'm usually good about not being distracted while driving, but this made me look over again and again.

I realized this is one of my favorite summer moments: silent fireworks. Though there's nothing quite like sitting under a huge display as the sound booms and vibrates in your chest, there's such a peaceful beauty about only one of your senses absorbing the scene.

What's your favorite summer moment?

18 comments:

Claudia Moser said...

Wonderful image! My favourite moment is to spend a hot summer evening in our garden with a nice ice coffee and cool company!

Mike said...

I have enjoyable memories of seeing but not hearing, distant fireworks beyond the hills.

Joyce Lansky said...

I missed the formal fireworks display this year. Heartbreaking! But I did catch a few stray lights that were cool.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2011/07/gbe2-summer.html

Angela Parson Myers said...

I've enjoyed silent fireworks many times. Actually, I'm not too fond of fireworks, but I agree that when they're viewed in absolute silence, they become magical. Enjoyed your post.

MB said...

Wow amazing! Silent firework are AWESOME now that I think about it, one sense, just seeing, absorbing it makes them experienced so magically! I love quiet nights in summer when you can faintly here crickets :)

Brenda Stevens said...

like i absorbed while reading this blog! YES absorbing is what its all about..and having this blog interest manifest!! : ) ((hugs))

Jenni said...

I once was on a cruise ship leaving Puerto Rico at night when we could see the fireworks in the distance. It was quite beautiful to see the colors exploding far in the distance as the boat moved slowly farther and farther away. Your post brought back that long forgotten memory-Thank you :)

Paula Martin said...

Prefer seeing fireworks to hearing them, and organised firework displays can be stunnigng.

The Host said...

Fireworks! Maggie (aka The Parasite) was finally old enough to enjoy them this year and as luck would have it, we saw two sets of fireworks on our winter vacation. It was in a warm place, so it was *like* summer.

Jenn said...

I love watching fireworks. One of the pools here allows you to come swim an hour before the fire works start...then you grab a raft while they dim the tall lights and leave on the lights on in the pool...and you can float on a raft and enjoy the display. We go every year!

Cheers, Jenn

Word Nerd said...

One of my brothers was born on the 4th of July. When he was little, he thought the fireworks were all about him. Truthfully, I think he still kinda does. ;O)

Mojo Writin' said...

I love those little moments which take you out of the ordinary for even a few seconds. Cool post, Maggie :)

Eccentricity said...

Summer bbq is my favorite. :-)

Natalie said...

I love, love, love fireworks. And up here, the next-best thing to fireworks is the War of 1812 Battle of Sackets Harbor reenactment at the beginning of each August. Hundreds of authentically-costumed actors have an hour-long "battle" with real rifles, cannons, etc - even cannons from ships on the lake! I guess I like things that make smoke and go "boom." ;)

Kyle said...

I have a memory as a kid of climbing up on the roof of my house to watch the fireworks from the distant fairgrounds. A little danger and a little uniqueness mixed. Thanks for reminding me.

Langley said...

I love fireworks too. Our local baseball team shoots them off on Friday nights and we can see them from our house. They're not silent though.

pbquig said...

It is such a summer image couldn't have been better
Pam

SJerZGirl said...

There used to be perfect spots around here years ago where you could go to watch fireworks that weren't totally crowded with people because they weren't really near the fireworks. There was something special about sitting there and watching them without all the Ooooohs and Ahhhhhhs going on around you.