Trick or treat? Witches and fireworks.

For Gorgeous Grace’s big sister, this time of year is full of excitement,
Halloween then bonfire night, a week of non-stop merriment,
Dressing up for trick or treating, knocking on doors with her friends,
Going to the bonfire and fireworks, like most kids – she doesn’t want it to end.

But once again we are reminded of how different it is for Gorgeous Grace,
How much she can miss out on the fun and games, unlike the rest,
In comparison with the other kids, she just cannot understand,
What all the fuss is about – from the sparklers to witches wands.

We make every effort to involve GG, but need to be careful it is not overwhelming,
Too much at once, too much noise and excitement and she will need calming,
But this year for the first time, she did go out to trick or treat,
Dressed as a little werewolf, our gorgeous girl was wary walking down our street.

She did it! She knocked on doors and gave a little ‘growl’,
Far more cute than scary was our little werewolf on the prowl,
Of course GG could not keep up, as after sweets the others chased,
But she took part, at her own pace with a smile upon her face.

Bonfire night however is definitely too much to chance,
Non stop fireworks, way too loud, that start more than a week in advance,
Bang, bang and bang, they go and have GG jumping out of her skin,
Unexpected, oh so scary, they maybe pretty, but make such a din.

GG is not alone in this respect as became evident,
When we tried to book onto the ‘quiet bonfire’, it sounded like a great event,
Especially set up for those with additional needs to share in some of the fun,
Weeks in advance, it was oversubscribed, no room to let us in.

So instead, one of us wraps up warm and heads out on Guy Fawkes night,
GG’s big sister in tow, all excited, enjoying the spectacular sight,
The other stays at home to comfort GG, to keep her warm and safe,
Big sister asks, once again, ‘why can’t we go as a family like all my mates?’

So, when you consider having a fireworks party and inviting round a crowd,
Spare a thought, not just for the pets, but for many others for whom it is too loud,
Don’t get me wrong, we want to have fun, our spirits it does lift!
But hear our plea, don’t have fireworks fortnight, please stick to just the 5th.

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