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I love Thanksgiving

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Posted by on November 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

In my 20s, my friends and I would spend every Thanksgiving Eve roaming the Upper West Side bars, giddy, drunk and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons get blow up. It was a huge party and we wouldn’t miss it.  Of course, we were all too hung over to actually ever go to see the parade the next morning, but we were able to make it to our friend’s house for bloodys and the parade on tv while her mother, Donna, made us all dinner.

In my early to mid 30s, I’m quite sure I avoided the balloons and the parade like the plague, figuring I had been there/done that. We still went to the Thanksgiving hostess’s house for dinner, though she had triplets around that time so our visits were definitely shorter;  even just visiting three infants was so much work.  Then, in my late 30s, I was having kids and was quoted as saying I would rather light myself on fire than take a toddler and an infant to the mob scene of the parade.

Now, at the dawn of my 40s, (and hobbling around on crutches, no less), I’m apparently kinder and gentler. I’m absolutely thrilled to 1) bring the kids tonight to watch the balloons get blown up (without drinking a bucket of beer first) and 2) leave the apartment tomorrow at 6am to get an actual spot to watch the parade. Since we have family visiting, I will lead a few of the hearty to the mid-70s to lay claim for some prime viewing territory. The parade starts at Central Park West and 77th Street and travels south to the bottom of Central Park, down 7th Avenue until 34th Street, and over to Macy’s. The route map can be found here, and A Child Grows in Brooklyn has some great tips here for balloon and parade viewing.

Our hats and mittens are ready; the alarms are set  and with the hard core, will go to the parade. My family’s traditional holiday egg and cheese casserole will be waiting in the fridge to be baked upon our return; the DVR will be set to record the parade for when we give up, and after a busy morning, we will eat and drink with family and watch the Detroit Lions play Thanksgiving football. What could be better?   Hope we see you there.

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