When I was small, my town had an annual Fourth of July event. There were games and events all day and at dusk, a traveling circus came to our high school football field….elephants in tow. At dark’s arrival, fireworks shot through the sky.
Back then, it was innocence……I didn’t know of the sad lives traveling circus animals shared…….I didn’t know of the fear fireworks had on birds and squirrels and other beings that meandered through my town.
Now, most of us know the horror tales……
Most of us know the stories of dogs scared out of their wits and running off during the celebrations…..There is a big market in calming shirts…….but who calms the nests of innocents in the trees as sparks come raining down…….
It saddens me to know I enjoyed the elephants and the fireworks, before I knew the truth. What saddens me even more is knowing most today know the truth, know the fears and lift their eyes in awe at the sparks raining down from the sky, while shielding their eyes from the abuse of the pachyderm treasures still left in the world.
Remember those who fear the sights and sounds in the sky……..and those who fear the actions of man.