My Real Life

October 31, 2009

Parade Nation

Friday was a three parade day around here.

Real Man and I always take personal days on Halloween parade day.  It’s such an exciting time for the monkeys, we can’t imagine them looking out in the crowd and not seeing one or both of us. 

For yesterday’s morning parades, Real Man and I split up, as Monkey Girl and Baby Monkey had parades at the same time.

I took custody of the camera.

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I love, love, LOVE what they do for the Halloween parade at Monkey Girl’s new school!

First, the principal blasts some Halloween music, ala The Monster Mash, the kids come out, by class, and parade twice around the parking lot.

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After the parade, the classes all go to these pre-painted circles on the pavement and they do some dancing and then they play some games.

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The pure joy on the faces on those hundreds of kids was just wonderful to see.  I love a Halloween parade!

In the afternoon, I headed over to Monkey in the Middle’s school, where I helped get kids in costumes and took class photos for the teacher.  Then, I headed outside and met Real Man in the back for the parade.

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Monkey in the Middle is not comfortable being the center of attention, but will give me a smile every now and then.

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When it was time to go back inside, Mr. Serious had returned and he did his best, serious, Stormtrooper walk as he went inside the building.  I wish I had had the time to get a full body shot of the walk, a his arms were straight down at his sides and he leaned forward on his toes as he went.  Real Man and I looked at each other and said, “What is he doing???”  Then we smiled, because really…it was cute.

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So, one more parade today on Halloween.  It’s raining right now, and I’m really hoping it clears up or we’ll have some very disappointed monkeys around here.  Apparently four parades aren’t enough.  We need five.

So, enjoy your Halloween and may it be as magical and mystical as it was when you were a kid…

Whether you are in character…

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Or are just enjoying the day with good friends…

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