Friday, August 12, 2011

Wide Eyed Fireworks Back to School Challenge

WIDE EYED FIREWORKS
Back to School Challenge
When I was a little girl, school always started the day after Labor Day.  The community that I lived in had a small lake in the center of town with a Gazebo and a little beach and grassy hill with a sidewalk all the way around it.  You could walk around the whole lake in about a half hour if you walked slow.  There were beautiful cherry trees all around the lake.  The lake was very deep, in fact they said that they had never found the bottom of it.  The night before the Labor Day holiday the city would put on a grand fireworks display.  My mother would dress us up in our pajamas, pack a picnic quilt and off we would go to sit on the grassy hill.  We would anxiously wait for darkness to arrive and the first ear piercing star of color would slowly rise to the highest heavens and then burst into a shower of colors.  We watched with wide-eyed excitement as the fireworks burst agains the night sky for the next 45 minutes.  The colors were spectacular. At the end they would show a ground display of fireworks on the other side of the lake.  It looked like civil war cannons were shooting at each other.
I can remember walking to the car afterwords and being sooo tired I just couldn't walk another step and my dad would pick me up in his strong arms and carry me the rest of the way.  The next day, school would start.  I was always ready for school to start, we had played all the board games and worn ourselves out playing kickball in the scorching sun.  The fall weather felt cool and good, I loved the colors of the leaves, seeing old friends and challenges for my brain that had grown lazy over the summer.
Todays card depicts those fond memories.   The stamps are Stampscapes, Rubber Stamp Tapestries, Stampabilities, Cloud 9 Fiskars clear stamps. Color is from Pan Pastels, ink is Memento.  I had a great time remembering those good old days. 

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8 comments:

Yvonne Garner said...

Oh my goodness! I feel like you told my own childhood story and that of my children! Thanks for the memories! I love your card and the story it depicts.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Magnificent story and I love the card you have created!!!

Jacquie said...

Great card, love it.

Pat Huntoon said...

Great story and card...

Basement Stamper said...

such a beautiful scene you have created. Thanks for joining us at blogger's challenge.

Sparkly Engineer said...

My hubbie is a fireworks fanatic. He loves this card.

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful scene you created, fab way to add color to your BG! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Ida said...

What a wonderful memory of your childhood. I really enjoyed reading your entry and seeing your lovely card. Thanks for joining the BC Back to School challenge.