I have a confession to make:
I. Hate. Fireworks.
Yup. I mean, well.... I don't always hate fireworks. I guess I can roll with them on New Years' Eve if I see them from a high view point, and once or twice I had been mighty impressed by an extravagant firework show. But if I take myself being a good sport out of the equation? Yeah, well, then I really hate fireworks.
Why? Well, let's begin with the fact that I grew up in a country that actually had occurrences of explosions on a regular basis. That's a pretty major reason one would not like fireworks. It's their sound. You see, the sound of a firework - is the exact sound of a bomb exploding. And a sound of a bomb exploding to an Israeli that had to take the bus line to school that got bombed several times in one year... is NOT an appealing sound to say the least.
I am pretty sure that it's enough of a reason for me to hate fireworks, but you may play the devil's advocate and point me towards the fact that many other Israelis enjoy fireworks. Maybe I'm over-reacting? Maybe. So I'll indulge with you for a bit and bring up another reason - fireworks cause fire. They're dangerous. They can literally hurt people. And the fact that people decide to play with illegal fireworks for their idea of a 'good time' - is something I completely and totally do not understand. What's the benefit of lighting an illegal firework that may or may not work and has a pretty significant risk of catching fire or getting the person lighting it in some trouble?? It's the risk factor - it's appealing to some, I get that, but I can personally think of other risky endeavors that wold give me much more joy than fireworks. Illegal or not.
One more reason - and it is my favorite of all - is that while fireworks go off, they hide the most spectacular show we can watch every day:
The sky. The stars. The milky way. The moon.
Every night we can look up to the sky and be in awe. But us humans like to bomb shit. Light shit on fire. Make our splash in the universe willingly and unabashedly.
It's as if we forgot a long time ago about THE FIREWORKS WITHIN US.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman