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Take Your Flipflops Off
Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by

As I write this, I hope my story will encourage you to take chances. Don’t keep yourself from doing something that may or may not turn out. Push yourself. Take a chance. And always take off your flip flops when running in the rain. Let me explain.


Last week was our family week at our beach house. My brother and mother left for Corolla Friday afternoon. Normally I would have left Thursday night but was unable to due to my daughter’s last day of art camp on Friday.

What else was happening Friday? The Fourth of July fireworks. On JULY 3rd! I stay away from large crowds as much as possible. If there is a big event, I am nowhere near. Fireworks at Whalehead Club are my only exception to the rule.

Unfortunately there were many roadblocks ahead of us this year in the fireworks department. My daughter’s class didn’t end until 4. To actually make it to the fireworks I would have to pick her up with the car packed and the dog on board. From there we had to run by our neighborhood so my son could follow us. Wendy’s drive thru was next to ensure everyone was fed. QUICKLY. Then a safe drive to Corolla.

The plan was for my son to drive ahead and pray there was parking. We were to drop off the dog at the beach house after a quick walk, grab water for everyone and find a ride to Whalehead to meet up with my son.

Easy, right? Not so much. While all this was happening, major storms were rolling in. My mother and brother had no desire to attempt making the fireworks – especially with such a huge chance of rain. But my daughter was determined and my son was up for the challenge. Grabbing rain coats and a plastic tarp, my daughter and I found our ride and were ready to go.

Ring ring! “Hello?” “Mom, the parking is full.” <panic!> “Oh NOOOO!” “Wait, I found a spot in the back of the shops across the street. I’ll meet you in front of Whalehead.” HURRAH!

So off we went. As soon as we were dropped off we noticed the large line of cars leaving the lot. Was it cancelled? Was all of this for NOTHING?

“Excuse me sir, are the fireworks cancelled?” “Not yet. We are going to make the call at 8:30.” The show was to start at 9. Either way we had a good hour or two to kill. After standing under a tree in the rain for a while we decided to walk out of the park, across the street and directly to the shops.

Wet but determined, we did what we could to keep our hopes up as the sky emptied more and more rain. Was that thunder? Ugh. It was thunder. “Mom, what time is it?” “8:25…. Maybe we should wander over.”



They had shot off a firework at 8:30!!!! WHAT?!?! We ran from the back of the shops to the front, only to discover the fireworks were not only on, but were a half hour early due to major thunderstorms rolling in. Frozen in our spot, we watched the show’s beginning from a disappointing distance away.


I mumbled, “If we were closer it would be magical. This just isn’t the same.” BAM! That was when my son said, “Mom, you know how I feel about things like this. Take a chance. Live life. Let’s RUN!” “But we won’t make it in time! It is pouring down rain and the show is already going!” “Mommmm….”

That is when I turned to them both and yelled, “RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!”


My daughter and son FLEW to the crosswalk and began racing down the road towards the fireworks. My son turned in time to see me struggling on a wet, grassy hill. “TAKE OFF YOUR FLIP FLOPS OR YOU WILL NEVER MAKE IT!”

I stopped, pulled them off and hoofed it like I’ve never run before. Completely forgetting my knee is almost blown out and my discs are shot, I raced behind them.

Huffing and puffing, I continued to run while wiping the pouring rain out of my eyes. Thunder was booming while fireworks were echoing the sound. I’ll never make it I’ll never make it they will be over and……

I made it. Looking ahead, I found my kids sitting side by side on a tarp in the pouring rain, gazing at the fireworks directly above. I quietly sat behind them and looked up and then around us.

Instead of thousands of people, there were maybe 20 in view. We had the entire field behind Whalehead to ourselves for a private showing of amazingly beautiful fireworks.

Life cannot possibly get better than this.

fireworks at whalehead 2015

Looking at the sky and my kids, I couldn’t help but laugh with the sheer joy of a child. My kids joined in, looking back at me to see what I thought of the fireworks. The storm continued to get nearer, thunder boomed, fireworks cracked and lightning flashed behind our private show.

I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the most magical nights of my life.

After the grand finale we picked up our things and raced back to the car. When we hit the shops we stopped and asked to have our picture taken. We were covered in dirt and soaked to the bone. But look at our smiles. I can’t remember the last time I felt so happy.

July in Corolla

Driving back to the beach house was unnerving. The rain fell so hard we could barely see the road. As my son carefully made his way around each curve, I heard my daughter quietly say behind me, “I love you guys.”

“Honey?  We love you too.”

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  • Ron

    *thunderous applause*

    OMG Katherine, I freaking LOVED this post! I was riveted to your every word. What a great story and message. And I actually got teary-eyed at the end when looking at the photographs of the fireworks display and then that last shot of the three of you!

    “I heard my daughter quietly say behind me, “I love you guys.”

    “Honey? We love you too.”

    And I can see why this was one of the most magical nights of your life!

    Thanks so for sharing, my friend!


    • Ron, it truly was one of the most meaningful moments of my life!

  • Awww, that was a perfect evening indeed. Perfect.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  • That last line really got me! What a wonderful night, even soaking wet.

    • Linda, I truly will never forget that moment. Knowing my daughter felt just as overwhelmed as I did over the night… to the point of expressing it with love. It chokes me up ever time!

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! I am sobbing!! This is BEYOND magical, Katherine! That night could not have been more perfect! And its an experience you & your kids will NEVER forget!

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