Remember, Remember…

So, I have to admit it. I absolutely did not remember that yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day/Night. I happened to stumble upon a tweet about it when I was skimming through Twitter earlier today. That jogged my memory.

But now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t help but fondly conjure memories of celebrating Guy Fawkes Night with our friends back home in Ohio. A close family friend is originally from Manchester, and he (and his wife — a local friend from Ohio) would host an annual Bonfire Night on November 5th.

My husband and I are huge fans of anything that involves a campfire, so we typically accepted the invitation to celebrate Guy Fawkes. But, as I ponder this more (and re-read the entry on the all-knowing, all-powerful Wizard-pedia), the Guy Fawkes bonfire is actually celebrating the fact that the King survived the attack. Right??

Perhaps it’s because I am a U.S. citizen (and we still celebrate our independence from the motherland — all due respect to the British Empire), but the V for Vendetta movie (as well as the comic book its based on), conjured a very, very different association (in my head at least, which may not be saying much these days): that Guy Fawkes Night actually celebrated the other guy: Guy.

Guess not. Oh well. Those campfires as well as the time spent with dear friends back home still mean more to me than any other meaning attached to the event. I relish the quiet and the jovial noisiness of nights with loved ones, best around a fire, sharing drinks.

And because this post is a somewhat random, stream of consciousness brain dump, I think a campfire moment between Evie and Erik (my NaNoWriMo characters) after a hard day working at the dairy farm might be kind of a cool/pivotal bonding moment between the two (of course, her family and the other farm hands will be there). We all know that moment (right?): the private exchange between two people who are about to embark on quite an adventure! 🙂


5 thoughts on “Remember, Remember…

  1. This is the one I play for the children I look after 🙂 Firework displays are lovely to watch and I saw lots of them last night whilst we were travelling in the car. The noise of the fireworks frightens most peoples dogs though and they’re never just on Guy Fawkes night.

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    • Oh my goodness – what an adorable video! I love to hear little children talk!! And the fireworks you mentioned remind me of the days leading up to and after the 4th of July here. Our dogs don’t like it either. 🙂 It sounds as if Guy Fawkes night is heavily celebrated. Good to know. 🙂 Thank you for sharing again!

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  2. As soon as I saw this post, I heard the guy’s voice saying “Remember, remember, the 5th of November 😂” by the way I nominated you for the handwriting tag and real neat blog award. Come check it out on my blog!

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    • I’m heading over to your blog today! (And I totally know what you are talking about with the man’s voice speaking that sentence!) Thank you so much for the nomination and I will be over to your blog (not just for the award but also to catch up on what you’ve been writing about) later today. 🙂

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