Yesterday was July 4th, and while it was actually the third Fourth that Brooklynn has been around for, it was the first time that we took her to see fireworks. We went with some of Rhiannon's family and friends, including Brooklynn's 7-year old cousin Emma and a couple other boys that are 6 and 10. We weren't directly under the fireworks - they were more off in the distance - so the bangs and booms didn't scare anyone. It was actually more difficult to keep Brooklynn focused on watching the pretty lights flashing in the sky and not constantly checking out what the older kids were doing. We were sitting on a football field to watch the fireworks, and as the finale finally wound down, the kids started to run around. Brooklynn couldn't keep up with the older kids, but it didn't stop her from trying.
Previously, the most I've ever seen her run has been the length of our living room and kitchen which means that she has 20 feet to get up to speed and slow down. (It helps when the couch at the end of the run can be used for an abrupt braking mechanism at the of the track.) Last night, Brooklynn was running after the others. In the dark, she managed to get confused to who she was trying to catch and ended up about half the field away from us before Rhiannon caught up to her and brought her back. We weren't really concerned except for the fact that we didn't know if she would successfully find her way back to us or not.
I have to admit, I was surprised by how far away she got and how quickly she got there. Later on, a couple of the adult males in our group decided that it would be a good idea to run a 40-yard dash since we were already on a football field. I participated in the races along with several of the kids. As I finished the second one and turned to walk back, Brooklynn came running up to the finish line. She had run the full 40 yards behind us. It's the first time I've ever heard her out of breath from physical exertion. As I walked over to her, around her heavy breathing and huge smile, she looked up at me and said "Fast! I fast!"