I read this story that the protestors of Occupy Wall Street fame have been threatening to disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade and I sincerely hope they do not, or if they do, I hope it’s contained quickly without interruption or media coverage.
I have fond memories of the parade, given that Thanksgiving 2008 we spent sitting in the bleachers, compliments of Macy’s and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for Gage’s wish. That 5 days in NYC with the Thanksgiving Day Parade being the reason for doing his trip at that time was just about the only thing that brought a small amount of joy to Gage and our family during the 18+ months he wanted to die.
I know there are some other Make-A-Wish kids there this week doing the same things we were; seeing the Empire State Building, Lady Liberty, and I’m betting they’ll be watching the balloons for the parade being blown up on Wednesday night. It could have been the only time their family has been able to forget about their daily lives with sick kids; or they get to spend care free times with their kids who won’t celebrate another Thanksgiving Day. It’s probably the only time their family ever had someone else plan and pay for a trip for them. It’s the only time the caregivers were able to turn it over to someone; because that does not happen often. It was a magical morning for us and I know it will be for the other Make-A-Wish families there this week.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was the event of our 2008 year. If the experience had been interrupted for the media, or called off, or shortened because of the safety of the viewers, we would have been heart broken.
Please, for the love of kids everywhere, and especially Make-A-Wish kids, stay away from the parade. It’s for the 99% and that includes you.
It’s for the kids who’ve had literally nothing go their way all year. I know how it feels to see smiles and joy on the faces of your kids who don’t smile anymore. Go and watch it with your neighbors and a few Make-A-Wish kids.
I know this probably isn’t popular, I don’t care. I know I should want the same things that the occupy protesters want and to a large degree, I do. I just don’t want them to screw this up. You might say, we should all sacrifice for the greater good. Forget that. Kids like ours have given up enough, they should at least get this parade.
And thanks New York City, you were a wonderful host. Thanks for the memories.
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