My M&M friend wanted to take a selfie. I had to help him.

Do you know what this is?

Photo credit: Dave Knickerbocker (as you could probably guess by the lack of quality)

This little guy looks pretty good for being around for so long.  He’s an M&M (duh) from the Christmas tree lights I insisted on buying. It was for our first Christmas tree after getting engaged over 17 years ago. He’s been through a lot. For the first couple years, at the end of the season I would meticulously re-insert green and the colorful friends from his light strip neighborhood into the plastic case they had come in. My hope was that they would remain in mint condition for years.

Then the kids started coming. When Jess got tall enough to be able to liberate them from their coniferous cage to live out the rest of their days with Barney and a few Disney princesses, I was forced to adjust. I reassigned the plastic candy that hadn’t been claimed by a Knickerbocker toddler to the top of our plastic tree. Also, with more kids came more decorations and more frustration packing and repacking them every year. It took several years, but eventually I resorted to winding them up like any other set of lights and tossing them in the box.

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Memorial Day in Boardman, OH. Awesome

Some cool dogs. I don't know them, but they are cool.

Some cool dogs. I don’t know them, but they are pretty cool.

Not much writing from me today.  These picture are from the Memorial Day Parade in Boardman, Ohio.  The parades in towns (I was going to put “small” towns, but Boardman is one of the largest in Ohio) don’t have all the flash of those in major cities.  But, we get to see people we know.  Lots of them.

The one waving is Asia. She is from our church.

The one waving is Asia. She is from our church.

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