Just a thought... We miss something if we don't see the magic of Christmas through a child's eyes. [Rosemary M. Wixom]
7000 steps. That's roughly the length of the Sidney Sparkles Santa Claus Parade route and I can tell you that because my FitBit kept track for me. Now, mind you, I could have ridden in our station SUV if I'd wanted to, but I wouldn't have missed this for anything.
And it's not like I was walking in an orderly fashion like the cadets or bands ahead of me; oh no! I was running from one side of the street to the other, handing out candy canes, high-fiving many of the little mittened hands of kids sitting curbside and just shouting and laughing and having the time of my life.
If there was a prize for craziest woman zigzagging the parade route, I would have won it hands down. And it was a blast. Here I am with Ocean 98.5 boss Susan Knight and furry friend Cooper just before we headed out on the parade, which was delayed when the battery died in the lead-off vehicle, an RCMP SUV. It wasn't the only vehicle to need a boost before the 5 pm start, but after that it was all good!
As much fun as I had with my various partners and Ian or Gord as we walked or ran in front of the CHFI float in the Toronto parade, there was something so incredibly spontaneous and silly about everything on Sunday evening.
Maybe it's because I knew nobody had a clue who this crazy woman was (er, me) except for a few folks who shouted out that they remembered me from TO days and so I just got to be zany. I can't explain it. Also, I just wanted to scream out and have fun and shake off some heaviness. And it worked!
Disclaimer: I don't recommend screaming as you run down the street as a way to shake off the blues, especially if there isn't a parade you can hide in while you're doing it.
I've got some highlights here for you today of the parade in photos taken by both Rob and me. You'll notice there were a few of the 80 trucks that had taken part in the eye popping Truck Light Convoy the night before: a 35 kilometre drive undertaken by truckers whose purpose is to bring in donations for food banks, the Salvation Army and other worthy area charities. I hope to take in the sights next year; this year while the convoy was sparkling we had the extreme pleasure of babysitting two lovely little munchkins (my second cousins).
Enjoy these pictures and, tomorrow, I have the magical sights of lighted boats under a super moon - just another jewel in the crown of this tiny town that we've taken to our hearts and has done so right back.