Say NO to fireworks but not to fire experiments!

16 Dec

My son Megh, eight and a half, and I were lying on the floor and talking of fireworks, during the festival season of Diwali. I told him about my childhood and how crazy I was for fireworks. I told him I would run for more fireworks as soon as the earlier lot was used up. I told him that in my time parents were not aware of the issues of safety, pollution, child labor etc. associated with firecrackers and how my father never stopped me from buying them. I told him fireworks were not so expensive like they are now and yet people did not buy too much and there was not much variety and imported Chinese fireworks.

Then we both saw the Facebook Page about ‘Say No to Fireworks’. I was reading but I found he was not much interested. We were going through a phase of what I like to call ‘Fireworks Dilemma’. We don’t like fireworks for so many reasons, Ashna who is now 12 left it since she was seven. But Megh loves to experiment with fire and he I still under the spell of the magic of fireworks. I shared with him all my concerns about fireworks.He said, he didn’t want too many and he was not very fussy about what he got. I told hime how fussy I was and I threw tantrums for fireworks. I told him I was ‘Jiddi’ (stubborn). He was laughing!

We saw a video about ‘science behind fireworks’. We saw the same video last year too and had talked about why the video announces, ‘Don’t Try at Home’. He understands issues like safety, pollution, child labor, etc. connected with fireworks but is helpless against that Magic. This time he bought fireworks worth Rs 1000. But he also tried to make at home. He made crackers using match sticks. He collected match-sticks heads and powdered them and tried mixing it with Epsom, salt, washing powder etc. I know he is going to empty many more match boxes making his crackers in the future.

I could say ‘No’ to fireworks but couldn’t say ‘No’ to child’s curiosity and amazement. I see how I can support him by supervising and making him aware safety measures but can’t impose my belief on him, that fireworks are bad.

Sejal believes in simplicity and enjoys unstructured journeys & learning with her adventurous husband and sporty kids. Though she hardly reads books, she constantly reads her children – learning and knowing about them and herself through introspection. The last five years of learning without school, have brought forth many new things to learn, that fascinate her more than her previous profession as a network engineer. Sejal currently lives in Surat, Gujarat, with her family, but dreams of exploring this country thoroughly in this lifetime.


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2 Responses to “Say NO to fireworks but not to fire experiments!”

  1. Nidhi February 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Very bold step.plz lemme know of your experiences

    • Sejal October 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Hi Nidhi,

      He is used to experiment with fire since early age of 5 or so. He cooks many different recipes with ease using gas stove so it’s not so bold step. This article is one year old…during this year he has seen many you tube videos how to make fire crackers and tried many more with match sticks and one packet of fire cracker strings but now no more interested in crackers. But ‘fire’ in any form is still his interest.

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