Happy Loud Explosions Day

The Fourth of July can be a challenging time for combat veterans with PTSD, like my husband, and for survivors of a drive-by shooting, like me. We will be so glad when this holiday is over! In the meantime, I remind myself that my husband made it through the war in one piece, and that none of the five bullets hit me or anyone else, when I was working north of Chicago all those years ago — thank the Lord!! Still, we will be so glad when the loud explosions are over for another season.

Our sweet rescue dogs don’t like fireworks either, especially the one on the far left in the picture above. I found her six years ago, abandoned on the streets, in the middle of a very hot July. I took her home and my husband and I have coddled and loved her ever since. She is a very happy dog most of the time. But when the fireworks start, she goes nuts, running and barking all over the house. I imagine that the fireworks are a terrible reminder of when she was abandoned on the city streets and loud explosions were going off all around her. Yes, dogs can get PTSD, too.

Stay Safe, Everyone! God bless America!

21 thoughts on “Happy Loud Explosions Day

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more July 4, 2022 / 4:18 pm

    I hope you have a nice celebration of the festive day. Congratulations you have survived, and this is what counts. Best wishes, Michael

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote July 4, 2022 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you! My husband is a great cook, and he is making dinner right now. It smells delicious, so I know dinner will be good. I hope your 4th is festive. Thanks for the reblog!


  2. granonine July 4, 2022 / 4:30 pm

    Poor pups, as if they hadn’t been through enough! I hope you find some joy in the rest of this day!

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  3. @preackerbiker July 4, 2022 / 6:37 pm

    hate the noise

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  4. seekingdivineperspective July 4, 2022 / 8:36 pm

    I wish more people were aware of what their noise does to people with PTSD, babies who need sleep, dogs that are traumatized, etc. I doubt they’re thinking of any of that – they just aren’t thinking.
    A man in our church has PTSD and lives in the country. He just stays holed up in his house on the Fourth. But we hear fireworks in our resort town the entire month of July. That’s just wrong. Fireworks should be for July 4, period.

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote July 4, 2022 / 8:53 pm

      I agree, I’m sure that most of the people setting off fireworks aren’t thinking about the traumatized. They’re just having fun.

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  5. musingsofmanettekay July 4, 2022 / 10:26 pm

    Linda Lee, thanks to your husband for his military service. I’m sorry for this tough time for you and your pups. I’m in recovery for PTSD too but have different things that set me on edge. I pray for peace to cover your household, Shalom.

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  6. Tom July 5, 2022 / 5:55 am

    Thanks, Linda Lee. I go to bed at 9PM because my three-day work week requires I get up at 4AM and I keep the same schedule when I’m not working. Somehow I slept through the cavalcade of “BANGS” last night. People who set off fireworks in residential areas are inconsiderate of their neighbors and animals.

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    • Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote July 5, 2022 / 6:13 am

      I’m so glad that you were able to sleep! The bangs here did not stop until just before midnight last night. The dog in the middle of my picture, the one jumping up and begging for treats, was too terrified to do her outdoor potty business until the racket stopped.

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  7. rubycommenting July 5, 2022 / 6:58 am

    Even the dogs can have PTSD. How sweet. As good as human but better ❤️

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  8. ibikenyc July 5, 2022 / 2:46 pm

    I hope everybody got through the day with minimal distress and that your dinner tasted as delicious as it smelled! 🙂 ❤

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  9. hatrack4 July 5, 2022 / 6:07 pm

    I served, but not in combat. But even with my training exercises, I had difficulty last night. The explosions shook the ground. I cannot believe that they sold those. We have not had the professional fireworks in our area yet. I clinched my eyes shut, but none went off near our house. I thought of you and your husband and prayed last night.

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  10. Beverley July 17, 2022 / 6:42 pm

    Cute dogs. I love your husband’s T-shirt.

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