29 October, 2012  |   11 Comments

Throw a parade!

Question: Are you sick enough to have to stay home from preschool but not quite sick enough to have to stay in bed?

Answer: A parade

A St. Helena Parade!

Parades are not sexy.
There’s no drama.
Just marching down the street
in a costume,
banging on an instrument.

Wait, it’s not a costume.
in our parades, it’s a get up.

A St. Helena Parade!

So we put on our get ups,
and we celebrate being human
(alive, awake, alive, awake.)
We’re not that sick anymore, and it’s 11:00am.

A St. Helena Parade!

an accordion and a
jingle stick are our
instruments of choice.

Mama brings her big purse,
to hold what gets too heavy.

Onlookers are optional.
No one needs to bear witness,
this is about us,
feeling seen,
having fun.

Now that I think about it,
why don’t you have a parade right now?

A parade of you!

Not celebrating your sexy or your strength, but
your humanity.
You’re human.

You, there, at your desk,
hold your head up,
bend your elbows,
swing your arms and
pull your knees up high on
that walk to the restroom,
as you hum the paradiest tune you can muster.

(Throw candy if you’re feeling generous.)

A St. Helena Parade!

We paraded down the sidewalk
to the trail,
past the office buildings,
down main street
until a princess got trapped in the evil bike jail.

A St. Helena Parade!

Working together to save each other.
As we do.

A St. Helena Parade!

After the parade there is always a treat.
This parade ended at Model Bakery with Giants’ (yay Giants!) cookies and a spinning contest.


We’re paradable.
We’re worth celebrating.
Let’s feel seen.
Let’s be seen.

11 thoughts on “Throw a parade!

  1. 1
    Carolina says:

    That was so uplifting, I have no time for Hum Drum today, I will whistle while I work and throw a parade with myself while I run errands…Ya, make a day of it..
    A really good day!!…Now what shall I wear…

  2. 2
    Heather says:

    I think tomorrow, we will have a parade.

  3. 3
    sarafoley says:

    I was there in spirit with my also too sick for preschool but not really sick daughter 🙂 she would have loved it!

  4. 4
    Dia says:

    your kiddos are going to have the best memories…

  5. 5

    Yay for parades! My comment has nothing to do with parades but I have been traveling for about 10 days and I am finally home and able to say hello! I am so happy that I was able to meet you in person at the Foodbuzz conference! I loved hearing that we are basically living the same lives with our challenging children and handsome husbands! Will keep in touch.

  6. 6
    nicole says:

    So cute – I love this! And I love the Giants’ cookies!

  7. 7
    Helen Jane says:

    See you on the parade route. Grin.

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