For my Chinese website visitors, here are a few photos of my July the Fourth evening at my small town’s fireworks celebrations. My mom, Lao-lao (the dog) and I were in attendance this year along with many others in town but my dad remained at home this year.
My mom reports we’ve had better shows before. Lots of lull time in between bursts but it was still impressive for a tiny town.
Ping An (peace) everyone until my next report, which should be filled with pictures of presentations far to the north of Galesburg, IL.
At 8:30 p.m., the high school parking lot begins to fill with those waiting for our 9:15 show to begin
Residents often bring chairs to sit outside for better viewing
Lao-lao is ready, and so am I!
My mom and Lao-lao settle into their seats as the fireworks begin.
The big finale: Wow-wee!!
I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .
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We enjoyed our fireworks from the backyard of a cousin along with many other cousins….a very different evening, but lots of fun. Enjoyed the photos of your evening.