Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts, Uncategorized |

Last night my nephew made a statement that made me think. He said, “Once you have seen the Lead, SD fireworks nothing really compares.”


I’ve never seen the Lead, SD fireworks so I can’t comment on the veracity of his statement.


However, it reminded me of a memory, an experience. I don’t think Andrew and I are alone. I think we all have this happen.


When I read his statement, my mind instantly went to Gunnison, Colorado. It was in the mid 1970’s and we were visiting Grandpa and Grandma McKnight. We were there around the 4th of July and the University put on a display like nothing I had ever seen. And, I have to admit I’ve never seen its equal in real life.


These fireworks actually exploded in pictures. It was amazing. Every time I see fireworks, my mind automatically compares them to the fireworks in Gunnison.


Then there is the comparison of parades. As a child, living in North Platte, Nebraska I had the benefit of seeing the Nebraska Land Days Parade each year. It was great but I really had no idea how great.


Several years later though, we went to a parade in Colorado with our other grandparents. Grandpa McKnight said, “Let’s go to a parade today.”


“Yippee,” we responded.


However, this parade was in a very small town. It didn’t compare in any way, shape, or form to the parade in North Platte. That was the first time I realized just how much seeing something great can affect seeing something smaller. It can become a disappointment.


My favorite parade though is the parade in Broken Bow, Nebraska. We go every other year because it falls on the weekend of the family reunion. It’s not as great as the one in North Platte, but I like it better.

The one in Broken Bow has more family associations.


Maybe this explains at least some of my nephews delight in the fireworks in Lead, SD. For years their extended family has gone there to see the fireworks. They must be great! Everyone keeps saying so. But, could it at least a little bit because he’s with the people he loves the most when the sky lights up?