I took my kids to a parade this morning. They’ve never been! (To a Memorial Day parade. We’re not that uncultured!) You should have seen their faces when I asked, “Do you guys want to go to a parade?” They jumped with joy, faces all lit up, and said, “Thank you, Mommy!”
Now the only reason we went is because our hometown of Greencastle rolled their parade through town at 10:30am. The other two towns close to us had parades at 9:00 or some other ridiculous hour. =) Dee was doing backhoe work for a neighbor up the road, so I had to wrangle all the kids up myself. I told them to get dressed, grab shoes, and hop in the car while I got myself dressed. (And gulped the rest of my coffee down. Which is just wrong. Coffee should never be gulped.) I didn’t even have to dress Moosies, since Kbug has taken over the diapering and dressing of her sister! Mmm… life is so easy right now.
We parked right at the circle downtown, around 10:00am. That meant we had 30 minutes to kill, in the 90 degree heat, but kids are pretty resilient. We walked up and down the sidewalk a bit, hung out under one of the five trees on the circle, explored an alley, chatted about the trucks driving past, watched “I Like to Move It, Move It” (cow version) on YouTube, got flags, and had our picture taken.
A couple of times!
Right before the parade started, a female photographer stopped us on our way to grab a curb spot, and asked if she could take my kids’ picture. She lined them up, flags and smiles (mostly) in place, and snapped a picture. Said it was going on the front page of her paper tomorrow.
As we were waving our flags and watching the paraders march by, another photographer knelt in the street and took a candid picture of all of us. Meaning big-bellied mama too. I have to admit, I sort of felt like a freak show! I was thinking, Are my kids really that adorable, or is it just that we’re an oddity — four kids and a pregnant mom?
As this nice young man was getting our names and ages to accompany his picture, the first photographer came over. “What are you doing?” she asked, very jovial-like. “You don’t want to put their picture in your paper!” Guy photographer was a little unsure of how to respond, but he asked a version of “why,” and lady photographer said, “Because I’m putting their picture in MY paper! There’s some kids over there — go take their picture!”
Again, more than flattered, I felt like a circus side-show. But it was fun, and I was laughing at the whole thing. Not to mention Kbug is thrilled that her picture is going to be in the paper!
And, maybe some people DO think my kids are adorable! I know they’re uber-cute, but my vote doesn’t count. I’m the mom. If we do end up in a paper or two, I’m anxious to see how the “let-the-kids-dress-themselves” look appears in print! Cboy was the only one wearing red, white, and blue. Plaid shorts, and a blue Assateague Island T-shirt, with ponies running across the front of his chest. Kbug had her pink Assateague Island shirt on, with matching pink shorts. Moosies matched me, with denim and green. CJ was wearing red rubber rain boots, with navy shorts and a teal polo (with a palm tree or two), so that sort of counts, right? He was just missing the white. Oh, I’m also interested in my look. Will the “just-rolled-out-of-bed, no make-up on” look be as cute as my husband and sister-in-law insist it is? The jury’s still out.