Sunday, June 30, 2013

I do love fireworks

Submitted by Tiffany Tibeault, best friend of Jordan Bingham  from the book collector mysteries by Victoria Abbott.

This time last year, I was in northern Alberta, July 1st, 10 pm, watching fireworks in a bright sunny sky, listening to 300 roughnecks “Ooo” and “Ahh!”  I loved my job as a nurse in the north, but as strange as it sounds, I really missed New York State on Canada Day. On every July 1st, I especially think about my best friends, Jordan Bingham and Lance Dewitt.  

We go way back. After my first year in college, I got a job  in Harrison Falls, NY and stayed with Jordan's somewhat unusual family.  I was homesick and missing my parents.  I grew up in the south, but my famil'sy roots are in Canada. This was the first time I hadn’t joined the family at our cottage in the Muskokas for Canada Day celebrations.  It was a tradition.  Meanwhile, in upstate New York, the whole town of Harrison Falls was gearing up for the fourth of July, and every banner and star spangled flag made me feel more and more like a fish out of water. 

Lance brought me books from the library like “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “Eat, Pray, Love” in attempts to “self-help” me out of my slump. No wonder we both had a crush on him!  Jordan’s uncles’ home/antique store was filled to the brim with stories and mystery and we had free reign, but it wasn’t enough to break my spell of Canuck-itis.  By the afternoon of July first,  I was moping around in my Roots jogging pants, singing Alanis Morrisette songs and watching re-runs of The Littlest Hobo.  Jordan and Lance colluded to create a perfect night. 

 Behind Michael Kelly’s Fine Antiques under a maple tree, a dinner of poutine (don’t tell the cardiologist) followed by Canada's national dessert: butter tarts.  Lance snuck away to light roman candles when it got dark and Uncle Lucky even donated a six-pack of Molson to the “do”.  We sang “Oh, Canada!” under the stars and a new tradition was born. My homesickness was replaced with a mild queasiness from mixing beer and butter tarts.  
It was the most unique and memorable Canada Day ever, followed by a Fourth of July that exceeded all expectations…but that’s a story for the next time!

Don’t tell Jordan, but soon I plan to be back in Harrison Falls. She keeps tripping over dead bodies and I think she needs my calm advice.  She and Lance may have something going and, you know, I never completely got over him. Anyway, we can continue to celebrate both holidays.

 I’ll just show up one day and watch the personal fireworks, although they might be waterworks.

What about you? Do you have a special friend that you celebrate holidays with? Canada Day perhaps? 

By the way, you can meet me, Jordan, Lance and the uncles in the book collector mysteries.

Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between Victoria Maffini and her mother,  Mary Jane Maffini (she of the diet).. The Christie Curse, their first book collector mystery, launched in March 2013 and  The Sayers Swindle, the second in the series will be out in December. Please let them know how you like it! 

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  1. We don't like fireworks. Too noisy and scary. And we don't like thunder, either.

  2. Walter isn't crazy about them either, but then he's just visiting!

    Thanks for coming by to bark!

  3. I love fireworks, especially the oohs and aahs.

  4. This is the week for us, then, Dru! Canada Day (come on up sometime!) and the 4th of July!


  5. I do love fireworks, but from a distance. They are awfully noisy. So many great things to celebrate with friends & family.

  6. I spend most special holidays with my sisters.

  7. I like the 4th of July fireworks displays that are put on by towns, but I do not like all the noisy things that people shoot off whenever they feel like it. I can ooh and aah as well as anybody else but just making noise for the sake of making noise is annoying. And it scares small children and pets. A few years ago our son and his family were visiting and the neighbor kids started shooting off noisy things and our son's dog Barley was so frightened she got loose and took off at such a hard run that no one could stop her. She ran into the woods. Everyone was running and trying to catch her. When they finally found her, her poor paws were bleeding from running so hard. She recovered but that was scary!

  8. Have a great Canada Day! I do love to watch fireworks as well, but from a safe distance, preferably behind the windows. That way I also don't have to smell and breath the smoke.

  9. I always look forward to the fireworks.

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