Chuy's puts on a parade every year
Children giving to Giving to children it's called
The kids coming to watch bring toys with them and at the designated time they swarm the parade vehicles handing over the toys that will ultimately be delivered to families in need by Blue Santa
Hero Husband's fire truck is downtown and they were tapped with a few others to participate in the parade.
15 years he has been in the fire department and I have never gotten to ride in a fire engine
seriously I think I was more excited than the kids.
We got up early and waited in line for the organizers to get everyone in their places
time to kill we socialized for a while
There were still a few days left in Movember
He has since shaved
We watched the Wells Fargo people finish attaching the horses to harness
Super Son and Miss Thing were amazed that people used to ride inside them for days at a time taking trips around the country
We had lots of time to wait and the kids climbed like ants on a hill all over the fire engine
The pipes and drums arrived and practiced
Anticipating sitting inside the cab of the engine with 5 children for an hour it seemed like a good idea to have the kids work out the wiggles.
The streets were all closed
"Hey kids, run to the police man at the end of the street give him a high 5 and run back"
The cop didn't know they were coming, but after the first surprise he gave them all a high 5
Miss Thing, social butterfly that she is, decided to stop and chat coaxing some stickers out of the unsuspecting officer
and then hoofed it back to us
Of course Super Son couldn't resist a chance to strike a pose
I reminded him that he is welcome to sit in the front seat, but never in the back.
He didn't get it, but smiled. He thinks I'm weird
Then it was our turn to line up and Miss Thing got the seat of honor with her Dad
I was in the back with the kids
They waved and
wished Merry Christmas.
I get the feeling that we weren't actually heard
It had something to do with the whoop whoop and the whining of the siren I'm sure
And so I got to ride in a fire engine for the first time.
It was awesome
and the Christmas gift I hadn't even thought to ask for.