Last summer we went to Europe with some friends and their daughter, my birthday buddy. She was seven months old at the time. In honor of her, for Peter Potamus’s seven month birthday, we took my mom to Holland.
Holland, Michigan, that is. The Tulip Time Festival. Etched in our imaginations from childhood readings of The Bobbsey Twins in Tulipland, Mom and I have been making plans ever since we learned that A. and I were moving to Michigan. So, despite the fact that she’s barely been home, between tax season, heading to Florida immediately afterward, she came this past week to see the tulips, and as a tiny little bonus, get grandson snuggle time.
Mom and I went on Wednesday, toured Windmill Island with all of the retired people on bus tours, went to the quilt show, and found a spot on the sidewalk next to the bucket filling station for the Volksparade. You see, before the official parade, there’s the streetcleaning. Families who apparently have been the streetcleaners for generations walk down the street in costume with buckets of water and brooms, ostensibly sweeping the street clean. The bucket filling station was a center of action. We got a little wet from overenthusiastic bucket fillers, but it was hot, so we didn’t mind too much. All the excitement got to Peter, and by the time we got back to the car, he looked like this:
A. didn’t want to miss out on the fun, so we headed back on Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather was not nearly so nice, so we got wet again, but this time it wasn’t so exciting. But we did get to see the Dutch Dancers. And another parade.
Now, just because this post would be incomplete without them, some tulips.