Day Five: Something you hope to do in your life.
Whew! Finally an easy and fun question.
This is definitely a no-brainer.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Live and in person!
Ever since I was a little girl I have watched the Macy's Parade on television. It would be on at my Grandparents' home and I would watch it in between helping my Grandma, Mom, aunts and sister cook dinner.
I have forever been captivated by the huge balloons, the floats, the marching bands and the Rockettes! It is just magical to me. It always has been.
When I first started cooking Thanksgiving for the family [1998 & my favorite holiday, btw] I would get up early and click on the TV, waiting for the beginning of the parade [8 am]. I would then pop the turkey in the oven and begin peeling, chopping, squishing and baking all the food for the day's festivities. The day simply is not complete without the parade going on in the background. Having kids made it even more fun as they would sit by me while I cooked and watch all the magic go by and occasionally yell "Mom, Mom come quick! This band/musical number/balloon is so cool!" We still do this - and they still shout out when they think there is something I want to see. I think I spend more time in front of the TV then I do cooking anymore.
It has been my dream since I was a little girl to go to New York, stand on the street and just bask in something that brings me such happiness. It does. It really does!* I swear I am smiling as I write this - that is how much fun I find this whole idea.
I used to have bigger dreams, I suppose - Alaska, retirement with Pooldad in an RV, grandkids - but life has a funny way of pulling you back a little and saying "Let's shoot for the smaller stuff first Skippy." It isn't that I have forgotten those dreams or don't think about them but other things merit consideration and so my "Bucket List" has changed quite a bit in the past few years - well, really, in the past few months. I don't mind because the lesser ideas, the shorter term goals, are just as exciting to me as something as grand as a vacation to Alaska.
Perhaps if I get my wish and I can actually go to New York to see the parade it will make me more confident that I will be around for our retirement and a couple of grandkids.
One can hope. I know I do.
*This was my Sally Field moment. Forgive me. hee