Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy freakin 4th of July!!

Why do I keep going to parades when I know exactly how it's going to go down? Find a seat, check. Wait patiently for the parade, check. Inform my kids to stand back so everyone can see, check. Have a family come late and stand in front of you, check. Watch their greedy older kids get all the candy before your kids, check. Have 10 year old boys standing in front of you trying to sell water and otter pops, check. Feel like I'm watching a glorified advertisement for all the local businesses, check. After five floats and some loud sirens asking myself if this was worth it, check.

The only thing I enjoyed was watching the veterans float with the American flags and standing with my hand over my heart. Too bad the true meaning of the holiday only lasted 15 seconds.

7 comments:

Lori said...

My thoughts exactly!

Tink said...

Sad! We went to the LaVerkin parade, there were no other kids around us so our kids got handfuls of candy! The kids in the parade were adorable! A lot of them rode their bikes or had decorated wagons! They all looked like they were having a great celebration! Sadly the most disappointing part for me was the flag. The cub scouts carried it....on a 4-wheeler. I think they should have been walking, it just seemed a little disrespectful, hurry and rush the flag through. Anyway, it was an enjoyable parade for me!

Karen Painter said...

Sounds terrible. I am so sorry! I am glad my husband hates parades!

Dansie Family said...

i so disagree. I love our little hometown parade. It is all about local businesses and local kids riding on homemade floats and throwing out candy, local kids selling water and otter pops trying to make a buck on their own, local royalty who probably live in your neighborhood. Imagine if you lived in a big city: no free candy, bigger and less friendly crowds, no one you know riding in the parade, and only health department approved refreshments charging much more than one dollar. This is one of the things I love about Hurricane and I look forward to each silly parade all summer.

Saddie said...

Well... if you'd have come to our house... ;o)

We had a nice parade. Short sweet and straight to the point.

I agree with Tink about the scouts with the flag. We didn't even have time to get on our feet, let alone hands on hearts, before we realized the random four wheeler held the scouts and the flag - phooey. Especially since they came AFTER the Washington Co Princesses - what's that about?! Not about respect, I can tell you that much.

Tink said...

Jon was numb for about an hour. Ha ha ha. I'm still laughing about it!

Marie Loves Ben said...

dear kevin,
i wanted to tell about the story of the runaway stroller smashing into your parents car, but Ben absolutely FORBID it. he said it totally ruined his day forever!!! he was humilitated, so immediately said if i blogged about it he would take up spousal abuse. :) it will have to be a hilarious secret.
your friend, marie