It is Thanksgiving Day morning and the aroma of a cooking turkey fills the house. The traditions of Thanksgiving Day are many but one of the very best is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of those traditions that make Thanksgiving what it ought to be. The television will play the commentary of the parade while we go on about getting everything ready for the real Thanksgiving Day parade. Do you know the one I am talking about?
Like any parade, it starts off with some loud fanfare and then falls into a rhythm. It kicks off with a bang, louts of shouts and talking; lots of noise and then everyone settles in for those who are later in the parade. I’m talking about the arrival of family to the side door (family comes in through the garage, the front door is for visitors!) There will be plenty of time to catch up. The ladies invariably go to the apron drawer, select and don an apron as they smoothly slide into a helping role in the kitchen. At the same time, the men slide into a La-Z-Boy and await the ‘Rockettes’ arrival in the Macy’s Parade. Of course, no parade would be complete without the children. You have the one’s who arrive, just barely awakened from a nap in the car alongside those with enough energy to push a car (in ‘park’)! There are the children that have a tear in their eye and a sniffle in their nose from a very clear behavior modification that has just recently taken place and we must not forget the handlers! A very important part of the family parade it is the person, usuallly a husband, who is handling, in the most precarious way, a dessert or two, a wrapped gift that wife loving hollers to remind hi is very breakable and a diaper bag, car seat, and camera! Then comes, of course, the loud, back-slapper uncle with the quiet dimure wife at his side, she anxious to get to the kitche and finally the family that, even if you told them 11am tor a 1pm dinner, they would still be late!
The parade has all passed under your door frame, some through the front door, but most through the garage. After the ceremonial placing of the card table where the children, who have not yet graduated to the main table, will sit and eat. Finally, the parade has come to an end and the participants all gather around and hold hands where the Guest of Honor will be humbly thanked for all His provision across the year. Ah, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, even Mr. Macy could not have envisioned a scene so grand!