The Power of a Parade

by Jessica on April 15, 2011

I am not one to cry. I just wasn’t drawn that way. Things that normally make others misty eyed just don’t faze me. Did I cry at my wedding? Nope. Or at the birth of any of my four boys? No, no, no and no. The last movie that made me cry was Stone Fox. I was eight. But before you think me a heartless cynic, I will confess that there is one thing that is guaranteed to turn on the waterworks.


Well, it’s not just the parade. It’s watching my children watch parades. I have attended umpteen parades in last decade of parenting, but I couldn’t tell you specifics from any of them. Of course, there are lights and characters and wacky entertainers, but those details are pretty vague. The happy memories that I keep tucked away for a gloomy day are of my children. Little upturned faces, with wide eyes and expectant smiles. A story of delight is written in their expressions. Could there be anything more beautiful?

I confess these are not the most flattering pictures of me. A mother whose eyes are brimming with happy tears is practically picturesque. But, my gleeful emotions were threatening to overflow into the ugly cry and I was trying to contain it. The ugly cry is just not suitable for public.

As a parent, I have the most awesome task of framing my children’s perception of the world. Whether it be a parade, or an ancient monument, or a great work of art, it is a living lesson that they are citizens of a world filled with wonder. It is a way to say without words: “Go! Grab Hold! Savor every moment! Be Inspired!”

When they experience for the first time something that delights and inspires, their little lives are stamped with a newness that opens a door of possibilities. And to have a front row seat to something as miraculous as that. Well, if that doesn’t fill your emotions to overflowing, then nothing ever will.

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Jessica April 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

lovely!! parades are so much fun – so much humanity packed into a small space, and timeframe! fun photos.:) April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

The delight in a child's eye at a parade is truly priceless

Keetha Broyles April 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I didn't cry at my wedding either – – – but hubby did!

Watching my kids run cross country track always made me cry.

Sonja April 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

You're right. It's witnessing beautiful moments in your children's lives that are the most touching. April 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

A beautiful post. I also love watching children experience life and listen to their interpretation of it later. It gives us the opportunity to experience something for the first time again.

The Mays April 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Love the pictures, and had to laugh at trying to mask the "ugly cry." Familiar with that one.

Watching our kids experience these things is one of the best perks we get!

Carolyn May 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Oh I know the feeling…but I do cry at most movies–but I blame the hormones. There are times like these you don't ever want to forget–cuz sometimes we want to throw them out the window, and don't, because of these moments. hehe

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Sarah May 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

What a beautiful post – and even more beautiful pictures! What a beautiful experience to have with them!

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Shanae Branham May 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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Summer May 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hi what a cute blog you have! New follower here! I agree parades are awesome but watching them from the eyes of your little one is enough to bring you to a great deal of happy tears! I love watching the parades through my Kelcee's eyes, her excitement her joy her happiness it just gets me all giddy and speaking of which we have an National Arms Day Parade to go to this weekend whooo hooo


Lacie May 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I wish I didn't cry at so many things. The one that I dislike the most is when get really mad I either cry or yell back.

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