A Dimitri/1strappedboy Production
It's July 4, 1976; America's Bicentennial Celebration and you are excited to be part of history!
13 year old Dimitri is with his 12 year old stepbrother Ivan and 11 year old brother Mikhail at a picnic in a Pennsylvania State Park with the extended family. Everyone's having a great time celebrating the day and enjoying the family gathering.
This evening, you are planning on taking the kids to the city to see the big fireworks display. Normally you would just go to the county fairgrounds to that show, but the Pittsburgh show is to be so big that they are planning to televise it for the first time. You decide to see it live!
As the day progresses, the boys and their cousins have played, gone swimming and even were nice to the girl cousins! The day looks to be quite the success until you hear the unmistakable sound of firecrackers going off. Zeroing in on the direction of the sound, you come upon all the boys standing around 15 year old Thomas (Your nephew), who just lit another string of firecrackers.
12 year old Ivan is beside Tom and about to set off a Roman candle! You stop Ivan, asking where this stuff came from. Tom speaks up and admits his friend brought it in from Ohio while visiting his grandparents.
Are there going to be fireworks before the show in the city tonight for either or both boys or perhaps, all of them? You have 'spanking rights' to Tommy and his brothers.
(For reference, in 1976 all fireworks were illegal in PA except for sparklers; and had to be "imported", usually from OH or WV in our case, and we were in a State Park.)