'There's Sarah!" cried Boo. "I want to play with her!"
"Okay, let me just get your coat," I said. I rushed inside and rushed out again.
"Alright, let's go."
Er... no. Slight problem. In that 30 seconds, about 20 billion people had flooded the road. They had come out of nowhere (actually, they had come out of the city, but that's just semantics), and were pounding the pavement, panting and grunting in a pumping wall of humanity. And there was no way we were getting past them in one piece.
Over the couse of the morning, we saw a number of interesting competitors. There were Smurfs, Super Marios, and a blue Avatar person. There were Spidermen, Supermen and a limping Batman ("I guess I'm not invincible after all," he told me sadly). There were a couple of wrestlers, many Bananas (some peeled, some whole), and a Colonel Gadaffi (don't ask). There were Lego pieces, a Stig, aliens, and an awful lot of tutus. And there were a couple of Wonder Women, looking more than a little tired. ("Wonder Woman! All the world is waiting for you!" I said. "Well it'll have to wait a bit longer," one of them replied.)
|Can you see Elmo?|
"Do you think I should play my violin?" she asked.
"Well that will certainly make them run a lot faster," I told her.
My husband and I brought out stools, sat down and continued to shout out encouragement to the passing masses. "Less talking, more running!" I yelled to a chattering group of girls.
"Less sitting, more running!" one of them yelled back. I guess I deserved that.
"Go ducky!!!" I shouted to a runner in a duck costume.
"For god sake, Kerri," said my husband. "You're embarrassing me."
"Why?" I asked. "I'm allowed to cheer!"
"Because it's a chicken," he said, and rolled his eyes.
Eventually, the sea of runners trickled to a stream. We went inside, and watched the end of the race through the window. But the best was yet to come. A huge group of Star Wars Storm Troopers marched past our house in full costume. It was awesome. It was almost spiritual. I hoped the church lady had seen them.
|May The Force Be With You|
But it looked like really hard work, and even writing this post has made me tired. I think I'll just stick to the balcony.