01 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Another Holiday Parade

How can you skip the Holiday Parade when the route of the parade is two blocks from your house? It would be sacrilegious not to go right?

Every year for the past five years Ken and I have dragged our chairs down to the center of town to watch the parade. I don’t really care all that much about it, but for some reason it is just impossible to stay away when it’s within walking distance. I think Ken goes with hopes of seeing Andy McDowell. She lives in our town and I’ve seen her twice at past parades.  I agree, she is worth looking at.

Ken and I got our usual spot, second row from the curb. It was a glorious day filled with sunshine and warm temperatures.

In front of us, sat a very friendly, enthusiastic woman who was there by herself. She was excited about everything. She danced to the bands, she yelled for candy, she waved wildly and she even talked to the sheriff as he slowly drove by in his patrol car. She turned around and spoke to us now and then with a big smile on her face and made sure we got our share of candy.

The lady behind us was there with her entourage of family and friends. She had her camera ready to zoom in on her daughter who was marching in one of the dance corps. She yelled ” Here she comes, she’ll be in the third row on the left. Here she comes. That’s my baby.” When the girls came by in their red and black spangled uniforms twirling batons and stepping in time with their bright white boots, the screaming started and I swear the whole Hillcrest development was there to cheer that squad on. A mass of people were running down the sidewalk after them. Everyone was so proud. I think it was the first year this group was in the parade and every sister,mother and aunt came to support their girls. It was a big deal.

On the other side of us was a young couple and their adorable twin girls. They were dressed alike in bright green corduroy outfits with leggings. They were about 4 years old and squirmed through the whole thing while sitting on daddy’s lap. They were so cute I couldn’t help staring at them.

We sat there for two hours and watched all 100 and something entries. There were llamas, dogs, firemen, beauty queens, horses, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.

As we got up to leave, the lady that was sitting in front of us said “It was really nice spending the Christmas Parade with you.”  You could tell that this woman was feeling the joy from the inside out and she definitely passed it on to us. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Experience Joy And Pass It On!


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