Dear Neighbors Who…
Dear Neighbors Who Have Been Setting Off Fireworks for the Last Week:
Yes, this is to you. You who have been setting off fireworks since about June 27th until 11 or 12 at night.
I’m trying to believe you aren’t as selfish as you are making yourself appear, and I’m trying to believe that you’re just ignorant. So, I thought I’d enlighten you.
Some of us have young children, and the LOUD BANGING NOISE of the exploding fireworks coming every 45 seconds or so KEEPS THEM AWAKE AT NIGHT.
Some of us have special needs children who have sensory issues and who end up on their knees on their beds, shielding their heads and rocking back and forth whimpering against the repeated noise that just WON’T STOP FOR HOURS.
Some of us have husbands who actually have to go to work the next morning, but instead, are up until MIDNIGHT with over-stimulated children WHO CAN’T SLEEP.
Some of us have children who have some pretty serious sleep issues, and even if they ARE KEPT UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT, will still wake up at 6AM. And, if they fall asleep for even 5 minutes during the day, they cannot fall asleep at night, which creates a cycle if insomnia that is hard to break. So, they spend their day, AFTER BEING KEPT UP UNTIL MIDNIGHT BY YOU in a state of exhaustion that has no relief.
All of you who are my neighbors live in a town where it is ILLEGAL to set off the kind of fireworks you’re setting off. Which means, when I call the police and tell them that you’re setting off the fireworks ILLEGALLY, they actually will go put a stop to it.
Because, the bigger thing is that it’s THE 4TH OF JULY. Not the 27th of June, not the 1st of July, not the 6th of July? It’s INDEPENDENCE DAY. Do you open your presents for Christmas on the 22nd of December?
So, you can now consider yourself no longer ignorant on the matter. And while I’m as patriotic as any American out there, and will be lighting sparklers and setting off firecrackers with my sons on the 4th of July, I will NOT be lighting fireworks until midnight on the 2nd. Because I’m not ignorant nor inconsiderate. I’m just tired.
wow, for a moment there I thought you lived in Marion In. I must live near the relatives of your neighbors!! I’m sorry for your pain and do I ever understand. I could really get on a soapbox but you’ve done such a great job explaining why early fireworks are no ok that I”ll just let it go with a “hum, I’m not the only mom who deals with this!”
Praying for peace for you on the 5th!
Oh gosh, can I relate, and I live in Canada! Our 4th of July is actually July 1, but the fireworks have been going since June 27, and they still haven’t stopped! And frankly, at this point, it’s not only the kids being kept up by the fireworks, but me as well. My kids get me up all night without fireworks, so I like to go to bed early, and it’s me being kept awake by the darned things, too. *sigh* So.Tired…
Oh my honey. PREACH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I totally get it! What’s the DEAL!? And if Annie has a 5 minute nap in the car, her night is shot with sleep too. What’s that about anyway?
I hate fireworks.
They went off until 1:45AM the night of July 4th. It was awful. Glad it’s over until New Year’s.
I retract “glad it’s over.” Still going off – at 10:52 on the 5th. Called the police, they’re allowed to do it until tomorrow. *sigh*