The streets were PACKED. But we have an excellent spot -- and a sturdy little bench.
|I have an umbrella -- but we didn't need it. The rain never came...|
The bench is great. But, Lillian prefers standing by the tree so she can see better...
|Of course, when you are FIVE -- you don't understand the value of a bench!!|
|Lilly took this picture from her tree spot. This drum and bugle corps did a presentation right in front of us. AWESOME...|
|They had a beautiful mix of bands, balloons, corporate sponsors...|
|Lillian LOVES Frosty the Snowman!!|
|At some point, she acquired a little friend. 3-year old Louise, who was also watching the parade with her Grandmother...|
|Louise did every single thing Lilly did...|
I walked up to check on Lilly, I pointed behind me and told the woman I had an extra seat on my bench. (Lilly and I could take turns sharing one spot.) Ethyl was delighted She kept saying, "are you sure?". She told me she promised her grandchildren they could go to the parade -- but she never thought about how long she'd have to stand...
Ethyl and I are enjoying the bench, and the parade was WELL ON IT'S WAY when a young Dad with two little boys walked into our area. By that time, it was impossible to find a good position on the curb. There were thousands of people standing five and six deep.
|The sidewalks were packed -- and people were very pissy about late comers...|
I was only using half the bench half the time (I kept going up with Lilly, to keep her from going into the middle of the street!).
|(good job, Grandma)...|
|Great job, Davenport!!|
I didn't want to hurt his feelings by telling him the bench wasn't worth a special trip back to downtown Davenport.
But it was far from worthless. The truth is, I walked away thinking that was the best five dollars I ever spent...