Throughout my childhood, there were moments in time which are
treasured. Seems a little ‘simple’ or holding little ‘value,’ but our
mornings where my Mom and Dad were not going to work nor
preoccupied with their lives, were extra special. The old waffle
iron being pulled out, placed on the counter, close by to the sink
and all the ingredients of flour, sugar, baking powder and soda,
milk, butter and eggs being lined up meant this had the glowing
potential of becoming a morning of serendipity. Those mornings
are permanently engraved in my mind with the cross-hatched
imprint of homemade waffles. Mmm! My Aunt Amy always sent
us a nice bottle of maple syrup from Chardon, Ohio.
This past Thursday morning, while many families were finishing
their preparations for their Thanksgiving meal and others were
on the road traveling on crowded byways and arriving at their
destinations Mom and I were getting our breakfast prepared.
We cooked up in the toaster, four store-bought frozen blueberry
waffles, put butter on each one, allowing them to melt into those
little square pockets and poured some real maple syrup over them.
Mom and I settled in for a huge treat, it was the morning of the
The 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Mom and I enjoyed so much of the floats, musical presentations
and the marching bands. She is often amazed and surprised with
the unique balloon floats, which she exclaims and pronounces so
many of them, “my favorite one of all!”
I have a few notes down, which Mom supervised, since she felt she
should have her hand in their choices. After all, she probably has
seen a few more than I have over all the years. Although, I did remind
her that her treats on Thanksgiving morning were baking up some of
those orange glazed and vanilla frosted cinnamon rolls by Pillsbury,
not usually did she have time for waffles on Thanksgiving. Although,
there was one year that I got rather annoyed at my brother, Randy,
my Mom and Dad for being side-tracked by the Waffle House on a
Thanksgiving Day… but that is all in the history of our family, no
real need to dwell on that!
It has been 40 years of having Hello Kitty in the Macy’s parade. It
has been 45 years since Royal Caribbean has been part of the parade.
We took a moment to discuss and remember my Mom’s father and
her step-mother, who we were told to call “Aunt Vergene,” having
their honeymoon on a Royal Caribbean cruise. They has quite some
adventures with trips to places all around the world, their favorites
possibly being the Alaska trip and the Scandinavian one where my
Grandfather was able to see the fjords. (My Grandmother had passed
away long before their marriage and trips, since this is important to
my family history and the fine example of love shown by both of them.)
Mom liked the Peter Pan musical presentation, with children from the
Broadway production. There also was a commercial about the current
upcoming television production to be seen on December 4, 2014. The
cast includes Minnie Driver and Christopher Walken. I thought the
previews looked quite good and think J. M. Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan
is always a timeless treat to watch.
Mom worried about the underdressed New York City Rockettes and
yet, thought their little ‘bathing suits with gift bows’ were ‘cute.’
I am not sure what Meghan Trainor sang, need to go check: “Lips
Are Moving.” Mom said she liked that Meghan looks like a ‘nice,
healthy girl,’ and she also did not ‘mind the style of her singing.’
It was a rocking and rapping song, which was pleasant sounding.
In the little bits of her comments, she told me,
“I always love pink flamingos, they make me smile!”
“I remember the Sea World in Florida, this float captures all the
colors and beauty of the sea.”
“I love the movement and impressive activity of this band, along
with its music.”
“I remember this group, what are they called?” I answered her,
“This is the KISS band with Gene Simmons as the lead singer.”
“Oh, this is nice to hear their songs.” (The medley was a nice one,
which I may add, I was impressed that there was only one tongue
presentation. I read in the papers, the next day, there were ‘no rules
or restrictions formally given to the members of KISS.’)
We were both surprised that Paddington the Bear had his first time
appearance in 2014. This British icon so sweetly floated as a balloon
with his familiar blue coat, big, red hat and suitcase in hand. He looked
like he was ready to rush off and enjoy a wonderful day in England.
Paddington is one of the most recognizable children’s book characters.
It was fantastic to see him join the Parade. Next year, in 2015, will be
released the bear’s first full-length animated movie, produced by the
Weinstein Group. Not only fun and sweet memories attached, but it
never hurts to have some advertising for the upcoming movie.
During the commercials, Mom was enthusiastic about the upcoming
holiday release of Stephen Sondheim and others’ “Into the Woods,”
movie musical. With Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendricks,
and Johnny Depp playing the character of the Wolf, she was wishing
to go to see this at the theater. She waited about five minutes, with
a serious look on her face, which usually accompanies an abstract or
somber thought. I could relate to her fears expressed in this comment,
“Although, I am not sure I could sit for two or more hours without
having to use the bathroom.”
We decided we could wait until the library has this, possibly in time
for my July, 2015 vacation. We have been making a rather long list of
current movie releases, hoping to be able to watch them next summer.
The most outstanding and magnificent dancers, we felt were the Beijing
Traditional Dancers. Their float was financed and backed by the “Sino-
American Friendship Association (or Organization). It included lots of
color and the Great Wall of China in the design of the float.
I would say the ‘close second’ place Float of the morning was the one
which held the Cirque D’ Soleil crew of jugglers, athletes, dancers and
performers called appropriately: “Dream Seekers.” This float was
touted as the ‘biggest float of the parade.’
Sabrina Carpenter sang on the Pirate Ship with playful words, “I’m
Ready to Fly,” which is a beautiful song with her voice exhibiting
dulcimer tones. I will need to check her out sometime soon, to see
or better yet, hear her other songs she sings. She is young and was
born on May 11, 1999. I am giving you a prediction: Sabrina will
go far in the musical world!
A funny but serious group of “48 Mammas” were dancing to the
song, “We’re Not Going to Take It.” They were promoting the great
message of being Against Ageism. They were all representing the
controversial subject of age discrimination. There were some dancers
who had walkers, others who had canes but they were a lively group.
Mom leaned over towards me saying,
“They may be representing those who are disabled but they would
not be able to endure the pain of walking the whole course of the
parade, if they were truly ‘handicapped.'”
There is a group I hope you have not heard of, but you may already
know of this extremely ‘cute’ and ‘popular’ British singers: The Vamps.
We thoroughly enjoyed this pleasant singing young band. The young
people along the parade route were screaming, as if they were the
famous Beatles of the 60’s. Since they are out of England, they have
not appeared, as far as I know, on any of our 2014 award shows. Not
yet! Their float was futuristic, with a Hess brand truck launching a
The newest balloon float, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger,
along with the Spiderman entry would be so fun to go and see the
early morning balloon ‘blowing’ pre-Parade moments. I think if I
lived closer to New York, (oh, and had extra money to ‘blow’) I sure
would take my grandchildren to this special ceremony and watch
the preparations. This was mentioned by the announcers of the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Parade as a valuable and memorable family time.
Of course, many children get excited each year to see the final float
with reindeer and Santa Claus. It means it can’t be long till Christmas!
It may seem rather strange to celebrate holidays with television events,
but those mornings where my own three children and I would get all
wrapped up in blankets, eating waffles or sweet rolls, while watching
the annual parades are priceless memories. After all, television was
something that kept my generation, the first to be able to really watch
all the parts of the world right out of our own living room, happily
entertained. It is hard to explain this phenomena, where many of my
grandchildren take for granted their ability to view the world from
their computers and cell phones.
It was very enjoyable to see the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with
my Mom this year through her ‘fresh’ older eyes. Along with pleasant
promises of the next event to celebrate: the Annual Parade of Roses.