Celebrating Independence Day can be difficult when you have a child with autism. While there are plenty of things you can to make it easier, we have mostly just chosen to forgo the fireworks displays because Squeaker just isn’t able to handle the noise and the bright lights. I don’t want to sacrifice his happiness so that we can enjoy ourselves. We just decided to purchase sparklers and the fireworks you can purchase in the store so that Big Guy can at least get a small taste of what it’s like. This year, though, Squeaker was at his grandparents’ house, so we took Big Guy to his first ever 4th of July Celebration. Only one thing got in our way: Massive Thunderstorms!
We began our day by going to downtown New Bern for a walk before their scheduled 4:00 festival. The parking situation gets impossible close to the time, so we arrived a couple hours earlier and walked around. That’s when the rain started. Some shops remained open to take advantage of the extra traffic, but coverage from the rain was minimal and our umbrella didn’t cover all of us. We decided to go to Bear CityFudge Shop, but it was crowded. There was a little overhang almost like a gazebo, so we ran for that. Little did we know, we were in for a big booming downpour. Torrential rain came at us from all sides, complete with a light show and the booming sounds of thunder. We waited it out, thinking that it would end soon. We got soaked, but Big Guy handled the storm really well. In fact, he decided to have a heart-to-heart with the rain, telling it to go away because this was our Earth and it belonged somewhere else. The thunder responded, and he reasoned with it saying, “Okay, you can stay, thunder!” Well, it stayed. We waited over an hour for the storm to stop and wound up running for the fudge shop while The Manager went for the car. The fudge was delicious!
After our fun in the weather, we decided to go grab some wings at Buffalo Wild Wings. We had fun watching the Hot Dog Eating Challenge on the big screen. How can a person eat 70 hotdogs in 10 minutes? Joey Chestnut managed to win at a rate of 8.57 hot dogs per minute! Kudos to him! I think I would wind up regurgitating them.
The rain came back again and then left just in time for us to go to the Havelock Park for their Independence Day Celebration. We enjoyed Snow Cones from Kona and waited for it to get dark so we could enjoy the show. Big Guy loved watching the fireworks. Since we had him after Squeaker, he had never gotten to see fireworks before. So finally, at the age of five, he saw “real fireworks” for the first time. I loved watching him and hearing his excitement as he described the fireworks. As it turned out, the show ended just in time. As soon as we got back in the car, the rain began again.
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As far as rainy days go, this one turned out just right. We hope that we can somehow manage to get Squeaker to enjoy fireworks one day. After seeing how much Big Guy enjoyed the fireworks yesterday, in the future, we may have to split child duties on this special day and let Big Guy get his fill of the excitement. All-in-all, we had a great day. I’m glad we got to celebrate without stress and know Squeaker had a good day too.
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