Perhaps Guy Fawkes night is linked to this seemingly national obsession with things that explode? As the old Nursery Rhyme goes:
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
And so we had our first shot at remembering (or rather, 'membering', since it was a first time for us) for Guy Fawkes Day. My mom having arrived in town the night before, she explained to the kids that, back in the 17th century, Guy Fawkes had been found in the Houses of Parliament with big casts of gunpowder (presumably to blow the building up), had been tried and executed (hung, drawn and quartered) for treason.
|Steve and the boys|