The Salute to Israel Parade
Oh blogging, how I've missed you.
On Friday my brain was jelly-like with fatigue. With Heshy and Toby Katz blaming the death of six million Jews on their personal sins over on DovBear's blog I couldn't really think about much else.
Today however, my brain is refreshed I can blog about the Salute to Israel Parade because I was there as a chaperone with my daughter's school.
To my surprise, I had a very nice time. The kids were excited and well behaved and only a few of the parents got on my nerves. Apparently, if you give some of these parents a little power they go berserk. I believe in treating children with respect but apparently this is not a widely held belief among many parents. They prefer to yell rudely at children who have not yet received any instruction about what they should be doing or where they should be going. Perhaps these parents were telepathic as kids, but this particular bunch of children seemed to lack that ability.
But I digress...
My group was fairly early on in the parade so the crowd was smaller than I expected. It was a really mixed group too! I saw a a troupe of Jewish Cub Scouts, a Chinese family taking photos, a police officer with a kippa srugah, frum single girls dressed to the nines (in case they run into any old ex-boyfriends or any new perspective ones), Jewish teenaged boys eating non-kosher hotdogs from a hotdog cart, loads of adorable Jewish babies and their even more adoring grandparents.
As we passed the pro-Palestinian protest area complete with the Netura Karta club house, my daughter asked me why those Palestinians were "dressed up" as Chassidim. When I responded that they actually were Chassidim she looked very puzzled. I explained it all later when I could hear myself think.
A good time was had by all, except possibly the two kids who puked on the way back to the busses. It was a pleasure to see so many people out there supporting Israel, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you went to the parade yesterday please share your experiences!