It’s Derby Week in Kentucky, and this evening Derby floats will glide through Louisville for the Pegasus Parade. But everyone can’t make it downtown to watch the big parade. Our schools have come up with an ingenious idea so children all over the city can experience the excitement of a parade. They decorate derby floats to parade through their classrooms, celebrating the famous Kentucky horse race.
I am in Ireland this week, missing all the Derby fun in Louisville. But before I left home a derby float challenge awaited. When a creative school project is sent home, a little bit of thinking is always required to come up with a good concept. But when you are the mother of triplets, one bright idea is never enough.
In pre-school, show and tell offered its unique challenges. Sometimes three items per child, all beginning with the same letter, were requested for that surprise treasure bag. I kept praying the letter “q” would never be sent our way.
Dad is on duty taking care of our little ones this week, but before I left for Ireland he assured me float making was not one of his skills. And so before I packed my bags, shoe boxes, glue sticks, ribbons, fabric, roses and plastic horses were strewn across my kitchen table.
Derby hats feature on my little girl’s float. Her brothers were adamant no fancy hats could be next, nigh, nor near their floats.
We got patriotic with one float highlighting it with red, white and blue roses, since the Derby is lovingly called the Run for the Roses.
Then I tried to add little roses to the last float, but unfortunately my little one decided these roses were much too small. If his brother had big roses then he too must have some. So what else could be done, than to stick a few of our big patriotic roses on the last float. Anything to keep everyone happy.
And so, while I am enjoying the beauty of County Sligo today, I hope everyone in Louisville has a wonderful time at the Pegasus Parade.
And I hope my trio remember to bring their floats to school.
Happy Derby Week to all.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)