Perhaps Mother Nature is a little jealous of Fourth of July fireworks displays.
Not wanting to be left out, apparently, she put on a lightning display of her own at Shaker Middle School on Wednesday, a little less colorful and festive, not to mention a lot louder and more frightening.
For a time, it looked as though all the boom and bang might be cancelled with holiday revelers leaving or seeking temporary shelter at the nearby First Unitarian Church. Some even thought the Good Humor truck’s canopy might make a good hiding place.
But the wind, clouds and thunder eventually subsided long enough for the city to get in its fireworks show. And what show it was.
Little can match the power of the heavens, but as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and mercifully, the skies allowed the crowd to celebrate the country’s birthday with a thunder all its own.