INSIGHT ON EYESIGHT WWW.WEHELPCHICAGOSEE.COM / (773) 788-6974 / JULY 2018
My kids love the Fourth of July week because they get to celebrate two Independence Days in the same week. As most of you know, I’m Canadian. I may not fall in line with how your stereotypical Canadian might act — I don’t say “eh” as often as I used to (although the eyecare team here may beg to differ). But I do love and respect my home country. Canadian Independence Day is on July 1, and we usually make a trip back there every year since the kids are out of school. The most interesting part of the holiday is that many people assume the Canadian version is different than how we celebrate the Fourth of July here in America, but it’s not; it’s pretty much an exact replica. We throw some burgers on the grill, watch fireworks, and hang out with family. When You Can Celebrate Two? Why Celebrate One Independence Day
What we do now as a family is actually very similar. The part of Canada I’m from is almost
identical to Chicago. It’s about a 25-minute drive to the beach. We watch the fireworks, and no matter how old my kids get, they
still look forward to the show every year. They bring their friends, and it’s always a time to enjoy a slower pace of life.
We don’t buy fireworks, however. I’ve seen way too many injuries from firecrackers in my career. We frequently have patients come in with eye injuries after the Fourth, so please use caution when using
fireworks, especially around children. I love helping people with their ailments just as much as the next physician. But if you ask any doctor, they’ll say the same thing: We’d rather you be safe and prevent the issue from ever arising than injure yourself. While I’m Canadian, my kids are U.S. citizens. Since July 1 is on a Sunday and
WE FREQUENTLY HAVE PATIENTS
COME IN WITH EYE INJURIES AFTER THE FOURTH, SO PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN USING FIREWORKS, ESPECIALLY AROUND CHILDREN.
Growing up, I lived close to Lake Ontario, so we always went there to observe the fireworks. There’s something about the reflection of the colors on the water that makes for a really serene experience. Sometimes we headed down to the beach to enjoy the water, and we walked around the downtown area during the day. When the show started, the town would come to a standstill as all eyes were on the sky.
July 4 is a Wednesday, we’ll be up in Canada for that show and back here in Chicago for the Fourth of July. It’s the best of both worlds for them. They get to see two firework shows and celebrate freedom twice.
Until next time, eye’ll see ya then!
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