Photo by R. Kennedy

Photo by R. Kennedy

Philadelphia Mummer’s Day Parade What memories! If my family didn’t get to the city to see the show we could most always (after 1954 when we got a TV set) watch it in the comfort of our own living room. I loved the brilliant, exotic, over-the-top costumes, the dancing and the music of the string bands. No stuffiness there – it was all glitter and exuberance, lively sound and fancy struttin’. New Year’s Day was a day to put away the mundane and celebrate the coming of a new beginning. None of that out here on the windy plains of western OK, but that’s ok too. My husband and I are a bit older now, and a bit more sedate, but we still anticipate that new beginning with hope. We may be moving a bit more slowly, but we still carry a bit of that childish outlook in our hearts, and can thankfully still tap our toes in time to the music. Happy New Year everyone.


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