Momma Bird is home safely in San Diego after a nice, but quick, visit here to my neck of the woods. Of course she manages to come the week we have the "hottest temperatures of the year", according to all the beaming weather guys on the local news. Although she lives where it regularly hits the hundreds in the summer, she doesn't have the humidity we have. However, like me, she's an early riser, and fell quickly into the routine of getting up early to garden and walk, then spend most of the day knitting, reading, doing genealogy (we have recently discovered a Revolutionary War soldier and her friend is encouraging her to apply for the DAR), and then going outside in the evening. We had a wonderful time.
This week I'm getting ready for summer camp which begins after Independence Day. I'll be heading Up North for two weeks to teach at a day camp for gifted kids. I usually teach the 3rd and 4th graders because they make me appreciate my 7th graders that much more. It's a chance to visit old friends, make some money, and score some school supplies that I can use in my own classroom.
One thing Momma asked me about while we were running errands around town were the large tents that were all over the place. These tents appear two times a year (before Independence Day and New Years) and sell fireworks, which are legal at these two times of year in my community. Like her, when I first moved here I didn't know what they were for the longest time. They appear, empty, about a month before they are stocked with all sorts of things that you can buy and blow up. Then all of a sudden their signs go up, the doors open, and they're ready for business.
There is one thing that has always bothered me about these fireworks tents, especially this time of year.
We have thunderstorms here. Lots of thunderstorms. And where you have thunderstorms, you have lightning.
(Can you see where this is going?)
With four tents on just about every single corner in town, how come we don't hear about them getting struck by lightning and setting all the fireworks off?
Makes me wonder...