Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Parade

In the morning, K and I routinely face the Star Wars vs. Cars underwear selection conundrum, the slow dribbling of cereal milk down the front of clean shirts and the guaranteed arguments about brushing teeth.

When we finally (and miraculously) herd The Mayor and The Rooster out the door for the morning commute, they ask,


"Which instrument are you going to be?"

K and I have to choose.

We can pick the drums, the tuba, the trumpet... any instrument that strikes our fancy.

Then The Mayor and The Rooster organize us into a line and we march.

Single file we march out the back door, down the steps and all the way to the car, all the while imitating the sound of the instruments we have chosen.

The morning struggles are forgotten and every day begins with a parade.

50 comments:

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Can I be the euphonium?

Circus Kelli said...

Every day SHOULD begin with a parade! Which one of you is throwing the candy? :)

JamesMommy said...

Funny, that's how we get our little one up to bed each night!

Patience said...

I wanna be the tuba!

Pgoodness said...

That is fantastic!

3carnations said...

When we listen to music in the car, everyone chooses an instrument to "play" along with the song. I usually play the saxophone. :)

furiousBall said...

i am always the keytar

super des said...

That is incredibly cute, and a good model for us all to follow.

QT said...

Soo cute - and I LOVEd the beach pics!

Mildly Unstable said...

SO awesome!
I may have to start doing this to get myself out of bed...

Backpacking Dad said...

holy crap, sarah stole my "can i be the euphonium" line.

do i get dibs since i played it for 6 years?

jen said...

i love a parade.

ps. make him pick out his clothes the night before. we just started doing that and holy shit, girlfriend, has our mornings improved exponentially.

Travis Erwin said...

That's a cool routine and much calmer than the scene at my house each morning.

Beck said...

That is so joyous.

Above Average Joe said...

I would have to be the baton twirler. My imitation of band instruments is not that good.

Lisa said...

I want to live at your house!

Magpie said...

You have way too much fun!

Jennifer said...

We're always a train. Though sometimes that leads to arguments over who is the engine and ridiculous "There can be two engine" discussions.

We are SO being a parade from now on.

Deb said...

If I bring the cotton candy, can I come watch?

Ali said...

every day should begin with a parade.
love that.
:)

MamaCarter said...

Brilliant!!!!!!! I love this.

mamatulip said...

Do you know how glad I am to hear that someone else battles with their kid over which underwear they're going to wear that day?

slackermommy said...

I'm going to have to try that! If I'm too busy being a saxophone I won't have time to feel annoyed that it takes my 2 year old 4.6 minutes to buckle herself in.

Redneck Mommy said...

Heh. This only reinforces the desire I have to come live with you.

Because at my house my kids ACTUALLY pull out the french horn and the saxophone and blow on them in a parade fashion first thing in the morning and march around in a parade fashion.

I like the imaginary instruments better. They are far quieter.

Lotta said...

Most excellent! We had a round of disco dancing here the other day and it was most fine.

fairytalesandmargaritas said...

That is adorable! I still remember every morning playing in a parade at my aunt's house when I stayed for the summer. Those are fond memories!

Jan said...

What a great idea, and the kids thought it up? Any day that starts with a parade can't end bad.

Omaha Mama said...

Which instrument is the red-faced, shouting mama? Cuz that's my instrument 4/5 days per week.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Too fun. I'd like to play the trombone.

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

So many times I read your posts and I just sit here with my wide-eyed wonderment.

the mama bird diaries said...

Oh this is good. Really, you should sell parenting tips like this.

Rachael said...

That is just awesome.

When I was younger (elementary school) we did a dish parade every night after dinner to bring our dirty dishes to the kitchen. At first it was just around the dining room table, then it started to go into the living room and around the house and got crazy. Then one day my Mom stubbed her toe and then broke it and that was the end of the dish parade.

mercurial scribe said...

Now THAT is awesome!

wyo said...

That is really lovely! :)

Momma Bean said...

Oh, what a wonderful way to begin the day!

cce said...

Today I would have to be the bag pipes...soulful wailing and haunting sadness. I guess that's what's cool about the parade, one can pick their instrument based on their current mood. I like it. We may implement our own parade of fools on the way to the bus stop tomorrow.

THE MOM BOMB said...

Can I be your baton girl? I tried out in junior high, but that bee-atch Becky Lindstrom beat me out.

mauniejames3 said...

awesome!!! I have friends in their forty's and fifty's who aftrer a few drinks want to start a parade..ya should have see us in Hawaii

Damselfly said...

You Joy people will find fun in anything and everything! :)

BOSSY said...

Well isn't that sweet Americana!

sweetney said...

beautiful. can i come live with you?

*~*Cece*~* said...

I'm going to try this with my husband this weekend to see if he looks at me like I've grown two more heads right in front of his eyes! lol

Mama Goose said...

Yet another of your wonderful ideas that I SO have to steal. What a great way to start the day.

NotSoSage said...

I want to be your neighbour.

Gingers Mom said...

That is maybe the cutest thing I have ever heard.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

this may be the way to finally get my kid out the door in the morning!

painted maypole said...

oooh... how fun!

KathyLikesPink said...

Oh, I love a parade!

This is proof you are good parents - great memories are being made every morning.

You rock!

Amanda said...

Perfect, truly. Thank you. Must march.

Dental Marketing said...

What a great idea to get out the door with! I hope you don't mind if I borrow it some time.