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20. Independence Day Parade
It was, as usual, a hot and sunny
4--Independence Day. Eight-year-old Jeffrey was excited about the
parade. He wanted to see everything, and he
to see it now. But the parade wouldn’t
until 10 o’clock. His mom Julia tried to
Jeffrey in check. She made him clean his
and take the dog for a walk. When
finished these chores, she walked with him to
parade route, which extended about two miles along
The parade, as usual, was wonderful. It
with the high school band and a marching
band. Then followed about a dozen government dignitaries
convertibles, smiling and waving at the people they
usually lying to. After that, there were clowns,
, exotic cars, racing cars, and classic cars. Interwoven
the cars were Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, students
various elementary schools, the local mountain rescue squad,
local realtors throwing out free candy with their
Three bands played music from their
truck beds. The parade contained more than 500
and lasted two hours. Flags, balloons, and trash
were everywhere. The sidewalks were full of spectators.
to their owners, about 200 dogs also attended
parade, most of them sniffing, barking at, and
with each other.
The final part of the
was the fire trucks, blowing their horns and
all the kids who ran out into the
yelling and laughing. Jeffrey ran out with about
other kids and got totally wet. His shirt
to his body. Water was squishing out of
shoes when he finally came back to the
. A huge smile was on his face.
great, mom!” he exclaimed. “Did you see that?
I grow up, I’m going to be a