Today is the last day of the Easter weekend, and what a weekend it has been. Allow me to backtrack slightly to Saturday, which was when I had my first official appearance as Miss Teenage Durham in the 11th Annual Royal Canadian Legion parade! I was privileged enough to be on the legislative float of Pickering and met some very respectable politicians, including the mayor! The entire event was amazing, and the experience was priceless.
When I walked into the Legion building at 8:45 in the morning I was instantly drawn into a welcoming place that had been plucked out of history. Exposed wooden beams on the ceiling and memorial plaques lined the walls of the interior.There was a long shuffle board table off to the side, as well as a slight but particular musk in the room that reminded me of flipping through old photo albums with my nana. There was music playing that came from the “oldies jukebox” station, and songs like I’m So Proud by the Impressions played softly in the background…There was a massive wooden propeller mounted at the back too… I was quite blown away because I have driven past this place dozens of times and never noticed it before.
The parade was an absolute success, but my favourite part was meeting the veterans and military persons who had come out. I noticed that they acted like little kids with new toys who liked to get themselves into shenanigans. One group of guys in particular, were all messing around on the school bus we took to get to the beginning of the parade. Did I mention they are all over 65 years old? I was sitting beside a sweetheart named Sandy and a kind but burly man named Joe was in the seat across from us. Joe jokingly called me princess the whole time haha. Anyways, he poked Sandy and was teasing him about how he got to sit with all the pretty ladies. Sandy of course just winked and replied with an, “I can’t help it if I’ve got it and you don’t”. Which led to varying degrees of manly displays and loud declarations of who was a better gentlemen. I don’t think I can count how many times “Ladies first” was said, even if it was only to get on and off the school bus <3 I must also mention my second favourite person in the parade, who I never ended up getting his name, but we talked for at least and hour and laughed and listened to the twang of his banjo. Did I mention he had the best outfit in the entire place with his duck cap and bow tie? He also had multi-coloured socks on with their own bows attached <3 I realize it was those little things that made the event so memorable, and made me feel so grateful for my title because I never would have otherwise had the honour to meet such amazing and lively people <3 I wish I had taken a few more pictures with my new friends, but it is okay because it just means I have to hold onto the memory a little tighter. It truly was the highlight of my weekend and I am so excited to continue getting involved and meeting new people 🙂
Thanks for reading and stayed tuned for more 🙂