We aren't the biggest fans, but like many Philadelphians, we were very excited when the Phillies won the World Series a few weeks ago. We let the kids stay up late and watch, even though they fell asleep before the end. And then I watched the parade with them on Friday, and that was pretty much the end of it. It was a different story for some friends of ours. Before the parade started, I got a call from my sister, Cara, who said she was going down with her friend Heather, and her little boy Will. I made some remark like "Wow, you guys are crazy! It's going to be insane down there, and I can't believe you're taking a toddler!" Cara agreed and laughed, saying that Heather wanted to make sure that her son was there so that 20 years from now, he could say he was there. Well, he can say a lot more than that.
That evening Cara came over to go trick-or-treating with us, and relayed this story to us. Apparently they were waiting for the parade to start, so they decided to take pictures of Will on Broad St. with City Hall in the background. They put him in the median and then Heather asked Will how big he was so that he would raise his arms in the picture. Well, as he was doing this, the crowd took note of this tiny boy in the middle of the street repeatedly raising his arms, and they started to cheer with each lift, and then grew quiet when he lowered his arms. This happened about 10 times before he ran to the safety of his mother's knees. Fortunately Heather got a quick clip of it, and posted it on YouTube. Since then it has gone viral, and it was played on GMA yesterday, and they were interviewed in their home for the 5:00 news last night. Today they are on the 10 show, and they even got a requests from the Ellen Show. Now Heather can not only tell Will that he was at the parade, she can show him-- in lots of different ways. Makes me kind of wish that I had gone down with Cara so that I could have witnessed it in person!