Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor: Take Some Time

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

From the Editor: Take Some Time

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It was an unseasonably warm day in November when my family and I took to the streets of New York to witness the Macy s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time. Having lived in New York for almost two years at the time in 2001, I was less than excited about heading into the crowds, fighting for a space along Sixth Avenue, and standing for hours waiting to see marching bands and balloons (my husband was even less excited, and stayed behind to cook us turkey). But my family wanted to go, and they needed a tour guide around the city. It would be fun they said--you'll see. I had heard this line before and, needless to say, I was less than convinced.

As the parade headed toward us, however, I became instantly caught up in the spectacle--the people, the sounds, the cheering--that my ambivalence turned into anticipation for what I would see next. I suddenly didn't care that crowds behind me were pushing, or that I hadn't eaten since 6 a.m. I was caught up in a Norman Rockwell-esque memory, and soon realized how great it was to be experiencing it all with my family. …

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