Fireworks and a ‘history’ lesson

July 4, 2008

FROM JASON’S TIME CARD — You know what’s cool? I got to “cover” my city’s annual fireworks display last night. It was a fluff assignment, and a welcome break from shootings, stabbings, and fiery deaths I’ve been handling lately.

Even better: While I was hanging out with my photographer near the fireworks launch site, I overheard the following (and very edutaining) conversation:

“Grandpa, why do we have fireworks?” asked a sandy-haired young boy who looked about 8 or 9 years old.

Grandpa never batted an eye. There was no ironic smile. Completely convinced of his historical accuracy, Grandpa learnedly replied, “Because in 1774, the British gave American independence and they celebrated with fireworks.”

Hail, the American public education system.

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