Thursday, May 17, 2012

17th of May

 Raining today, not a great day for a parade and cookout. I confess, we would have skipped the festivities this year if it we weren't hosting exchange students. So much too early we met at the school at 9:00 a.m. to walk down to the starting location for the school to march in the parade. After getting Maggie and the two German girls settled in with the school group, Anna and I split off to engage in a mission of much more importance to her: Russe hunting! Russe carry cards with photos and sayings on them and give them out to kids. Anna is determined to get 100 cards this year. We set off into the rain and the crowd in high spirits.

We found a crowd of Russe outside of Katedral Skole and Anna was in card-collection heaven! She and I traversed the length and breadth of the city, bopping to the beat of drums in the parade line that we hardly watched. We begin laughing for no reason, and I became very glad I was running around in the wet on this ridiculous endeavor. Even though there was no sun, I could feel sunshine beaming from our faces, warming everyone around us. We finally paused for hamburgers in a Burger King so she could count her loot. Her total: 137 cards. She was very satisfied.

Back home we rested – I needed a nap. Later in the afternoon we went to a children's event with marching bands, cookout, and games. We left early, but Peter stayed for hours to play with friends, coming home soaking wet. It was a fun and silly day.

Gratulerer med dagen, Norway!

Anna was thrilled to be invited for a picture with her beloved Russe
This guy was impressed I knew the creature was a Charizard. That's the evolved form of Charmander, of course.

The backs of Russe coats are often decorated with fabulous artwork

Counting the cards in BK: 137 in all. A fine catch!

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