Is it all boys who love to blow things up, or just my husband? I get the sense its a trend among their gender. But whether the gender difference on explosions is widespread, it’s certainly a great divide in our house. Those of you who’ve seen his wallet website lately might have noticed that he’s promised $10 of each wallet sale to go toward the purchase of “face melting fireworks”. (Really?) Oh, and something about “for the kids.” Yeah… right. Anyway, he’s obsessed with getting the most elaborate and impressive set of explosives he can given his budget and state law. So he’s been keeping on eye on ads in the newspaper and stuff. Seriously, you should see his eyes light up when he sees a coupon for some giant set of things called “thunder bombs” or “green lightning shooters” or “eagles of flaming death.” He looks like a kid on Christmas morning.
So he noticed some sale at the Safeway parking lot across the street from our house the other day, and he saw that they had a giant bouncy house style slide thing for kids. Uh oh, now he knew his in. See, I’m not generally supportive of things like explosions or spending money, and I tend to be kind of a wet blanket wrapped around Kane’s glowing, sparkly fourth-of-July experience. Sorry, it’s just not in my nature. I told him I’ll be hiding in the closet with the baby, probably wearing a helmet, when he’s setting off all these things he’s buying. BUT if there’s one thing he knows I’ll almost always go for, it’s some quiet time in the house. (I love having a house full of kids… but I love a break too. Oh, so much.) So I’m sure Kane knew he’d found a jackpot in a place that both sold fireworks AND provided a place for rowdy kids to burn off some energy for awhile. I was sure to go for it. “Yes! Take them!” I said, when he suggested it to me. I don’t think he even finished his sentence.
Then away they went, and from the pictures they came home with, it looks like they had a great time…
And they came home with an arsenal of rockets and sparklers and shooters and poppers and other things that go bang in the night.