From Huffy to Graco

DSC02042I was in a parade today. I haven’t been able to say that in about 20 years. I even waved a flag. But instead of decorating my Huffy Sweet Thunder two-wheeler for the big Fourth of July festivities as I did the last time I was in a parade circa 1989, I decorated a Graco stroller, which held my 15-week-old daughter. Just a few things have changed in these past 20 years!

But my enthusiasm for decorating the stroller was just as strong, if not stronger, today as it was all those years ago when tackling my bike. And boy how the decor options have expanded! In years past, crepe paper was about the extent of the options at your local Meijer. Not so anymore. I could’ve filled a basket with red, white and blue garland, patriotic bows, and flags of all sizes. I was giddy with delight as I made my selections.

As we lined up behind the fire truck that would lead the parade through our neighborhood late this morning, I smiled to myself. I sure have missed these kinds of activities. Since I got back from today’s Independence Day festivities, I’ve been thinking about all the parade-like activities that await as I begin the second childhood that having a daughter will afford me. And let me tell you, I can’t wait for the carnival rides, picnics in the park, and future Fourth of July parades to come.

Happy 4th and a salute to all our troops!

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