Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family

The Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July was wonderful. Parker went to his first parade and Logan got the opportunity to actually run around and get candy. I made the mistake of telling Logan to sacrifice his life for a tootsie roll that was inches away from the tires of an approaching float. I said it sarcastically, but apparently a two year old doesn’t understand sarcasm. Who would have known?

Every since I have grown up I have love to go to the greenbelt. It was so fun to take the boys there and watch them interact with the people and the crowds. Logan was actually good and stayed in his stroller the whole time. We saw a lot of people we knew, and actually ran into one of my old buddies, Garrett. He was so kind as to let us encroach on his personal space, as he was with his fiancé. We figured having Logan and Parker there would help supplement their birth control costs after they got married.

As soon as the fireworks started Logan started screaming. He loved them. Every single one he said “wow” or “look”. He even put his arm around parker and was pointing at the sky, saying something in his little two year old language. It was a sight to see.

Note: Why on earth do we convince our kids that eating candy off the ground is ok during parades?

5 Responses to “The Fourth of July”

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  4. Stas Says:

    Star Simpson affair rmiends me of something that happened when I went to Junior High School in NYC– some kids were doing live-action gangster role playing, one got so into the game that he came with a trenchcoat and a toy gun to lie in wait for one of his classmates at the subway stop. Only problem was the toy gun looked too realistic (as I recall it was actually a water gun, but it was painted black and from 15 feet away could be mistaken for the real thing), this was the late 70s when lots of random people did get shot in NYC subway stations, and an undercover cop happened to get a glimpse of what looked like a real gun, and drew his real gun on the kid. No one was hurt; ended up with the cop crying he was so scared that he almost killed a junior high school student playing a game. He was really angry at the kid, of course, and I would be too. But the kid and Star Simpson made the same mistake– they didn’t realize they were crossing from a world where no one would ever assume they had violent intentions unless they jumped up and down and started killing people (the junior high, or MIT– remember, this was pre-Columbine :-) to a zone where there was a deployed security force that was in the business of daily assuming that some people had violent intentions, weapons, bombs, etc. Yes, both Star Simpson and my junior high school classmate knew this at some level, but my junior high school student knew he was carrying a water gun (he didn’t think of it as a hoax gun), and Star knew she was wearing geek art (no engineer would ever think that was a hoax bomb). It never occurred to them that someone would see them as a threat. I don’t remember how my junior high school classmate was punished, it might have been a certain number of hours of community service. Sounds about right. Even if you don’t think he should have been punished for almost getting himself shot, think about what would have happened to that poor police officer if he had indeed shot him. Would he have been charged for shooting someone who was “clearly” unarmed? Almost certainly. Did my classmate create that situation through incredibly poor judgement? Absolutely. If people assess this situation correctly and realize that Star is not and never was a security risk, maybe they can sentence her to a good number of hours of community service at Logan, helping carry people’s luggage back and forth from baggage claim for the TSA to check whenever someone forgets and packs too much shampoo and they have to open a bag again :-)

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