My Shout: Things that go bang in the night

Charlotte Guedry
Charlotte Guedry is the Editor of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.?You can reach her by emailing

Now I know I’m going to offend some people here, so before I go into my weekly opinion, please let me begin by reminding you all that it is simply that. It’s an opinion. It’s not meant to be a life lesson, or a lecture demanding you follow my point of view. It’s just an opinion.

Okay, that’s off my chest......

I love this time of year. I love the smell of the tree when I walk into my house. I love driving home and seeing all the pretty lights and decorations. I love having the time to spend with my family. I love wearing a scarf and getting out the knee high boots. I love it all, except for the fireworks. I hate them.

I moved out to a more rural community a little over a year ago.?I love living there. The town is small enough to get to know people, but large enough to remain anonymous when the mood strikes.

The only downfall is that for some reason, almost everyone in this area goes completely over the top when it’s firework season.

For the past week or so my sleep schedule has been off. Neighbors don’t seem at all aware of the fact that not all of those around them want to hear loud bangs being created past bedtime.

Neighbors don’t seem to care that the lights from their displays creep in through the windows.

Neighbors don’t seem to care that trying to settle dogs after hearing said bangs and seeing said lights is nothing short of an ordeal.

Now, those that know me, know that I am not against having fun. Hell, I tend to be life and soul on most occasions, but the whole firework thing is something I simply don’t understand.?I mean, please, explain to me what is fun about standing outside when it’s cold and wet trying to light a fuse that keeps needing to be relit?

Fireworks were originally used by the Chinese to celebrate during a festival. Well, the holiday season is a festival, you might say.?Ah yes, but not an organized one I will counter.

I understand going to a display.?The event has a set time and a set date. Professionals are on hand to ensure that things go smoothly. One can choose to attend or not attend, and the choice is theirs, it’s not forced upon them.

When you decide to break out the bottle rockets, arial repeaters and shells, and do so at inopportune times, you become, at least in my opinion, a bit of a nuisance.

I’m not asking the world to suddenly stop having their pyrotechnic excitement, I’d just like to see some common courtesy when it comes to lighting up.

Let me sleep an uninterrupted sleep. Let my poor pets not have to look as though doggie Prozac would be a welcome treat.

Just think about your neighbors the next time you decide to put on your very own backyard display.

I promise, the thought will not go unnoticed and will be very much appreciated.

Charlotte Guedry is the Editor of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.?You can reach her by emailing