One of my favorite things about the 4th of July in the USA is small town parades. Everyone has a part, everyone has a chance to feel special, and everyone’s gifts are appreciated.
One year I went with a friend to a parade in her hometown. Old vehicles lead the way with mustangs, corvettes, model Ts, farm tractors and vintage fire trucks. There were mostly men driving and they smiled and waved and gunned their engines. The parade continued with school bands, VWF groups, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, SPCA dogs, and truck drawn floats. Bringing up the rear of the parade was a horse contingency, which was a good place to put the horses. As I waved to the men riding the horses, I did a double take; they were the same men that were driving the cars at the beginning of the parade. I smiled and waved all the harder.
I learned some things that day: sometime in life we have more than one role to play and each role is important; in big events, it is the little people that make things happen; and when you smile and wave there is a good chance those around you will smile and wave back.
What do you enjoy about about your hometown? Can you fashion a story around it? Can it be your setting? The people your characters?
Martha Swirzinski, M. A.