Happy Independence Day to everyone here in the U.S.A.! We’re still in the midst of our celebration. This morning was a parade, complete with bag pipes,
This chicken rode through the entire parade atop a 4-H truck, I was quite impressed
tractors and old cars,
and two of my girls.
A1 with the other cheerleaders
A3, the lone girl wrestler… I think she danced atop the float for the duration of the parade
A2 was more than content to sit with us and be free from her sisters. She collected candy, beads and even managed to garner one of the T-Shirts fired from a cannon.
Everywhere we went people were jovial and spirits were high. Volunteers walked up and down the streets passing out flags for waving (hence the fancy footwear donned by A2 above). And in spite of the crowds there was only one almost-grumpy statement heard all day long. Each and every square inch of sidewalk had been claimed the night before with an eclectic variety of folding chairs, blankets, signs, police tape, etc. We found one place where the chairs were about a foot back from the curb so we seized the opportunitty and plopped our butts on the ground there. The people behind us (who weren’t there until right before it started) could still easily see over us. When they arrived and the parade started the man sitting behind us exclaimed, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” because we stood up. I turned to him and said, “We’ll only be standing long enough for the flag to pass.” That seemed to placate him somewhat and he too stood, rather begrudgingly, while the veterans strode past. It amazes me how many people are completely oblivious to basic courtesies. Even some of the older folks didn’t bother taking off their hats or getting up.
Once the parade ended we discovered our car was blocked in so we walked down the street for pizza. Now we’re home to cool off, rest and wait for the heartburn medicine to kick in. Tonight we’re heading back down to watch the fireworks. All in all, it’s been a nice day. Hope everyone is enjoying a safe holiday. Cheers!