New Year’s Eve is quite the spectacle in our city. The fireworks display is overwhelming and nearly every family joins in by shooting fireworks from their home (or out of their apartment windows). As I swept our back porch on New Year’s Day, I came across a cork and some bullet casings. Evidently our neighbors from the floors above us rang in the New Year with champagne and joined into the typical overwhelming fireworks by firing a gun in jubilation. This made me smile in realization of what has become normal for our lives here!