Brodie came home from nursery on Tuesday full of firework excitement. His nursery teachers had made a wonderful job of enthusing his enquiring mind and he asked me if we could go and see some fireworks.
I think my answer was something like 'maybe' but before I knew it he had told Grier she was going to see real fireworks and she was all 'woohoo' like she does and suddenly watching rockets on Youtube didn't seem like a viable option anymore.
There were only a couple of options near us for firework displays, it was really cold, I was going to be doing this solo and no displays were due to kick off until after bedtime.
But I want these kids to be brave and adventurous remember? I want them to grab life by the horns and to brush aside challenges in their pursuit of knowledge and experience.
At the time we would normally be getting ready for bed we put on pyjamas and then snow trousers and jackets over the top. We found hats and scarves and gloves for everyone and we headed to Callendar Park. Brodie chatted all the way there and we even saw some fireworks through the car windows and the whoops of joy from the backseats told me this was going to be worth it.
We managed to find a great parking space, loaded Grier into the buggy and set off towards the park. It was dark already and seemed like a huge crowd but Brodie took it all in his stride and was excited to hear the music from the live band.
We invested in a couple of light up wands which the kids were delighted with and to keep warm we danced to the music. Hearing Brodie yell 'Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy til we see the sun' as he danced about with me was fabulous. Apparently he does dance, although only to live music and in a muddy field which bodes well for T in the Park 2026 or so.
And the fireworks. I found myself a little teary as I stood in that muddy field with my two favourite little people, surrounded by strangers watching the sky lit up. It really felt like an adventure, exciting and new and memorable. Their faces illuminated by the show in the sky I got an idea of what was happening in their brains. The way this particular experience was embedding itself, making connections, experiencing this newness and noise and light and excitement.
I'm going to remember that feeling, and I hope they will too. I'm going to make sure this is not our last adventure. I'm going to make sure that bedtime and teatime and bathtime don't dictate our schedule for making life bigger and better. It could have been disastrous, but it wasn't. Fortune favours the brave my friends, try that on for size.