The Davis Family Flash

The Davis Family Flash
Welcome to the Davis Family Blog! We are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). We hope you enjoy learning more about our family. We love our six children, wonderful daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. We are a musical family, and love the outdoors.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fourth of July Parade Memories

When our oldest son Matthew was about 5 years old, I decorated his very small bicycle with a bit of red, white, and blue crepe paper and an American flag for the Fourth of July parade.  When we arrived at the staging area were twenty or so children were waiting for the parade to begin, quite by surprise a gentleman gave Matthew a very large gold ribbon.  We did not know this was a contest.  Now, Matthew's bike did not win first place, a blue ribbon, but he received special recognition for being the smallest bike rider.

Those who know me well, know I have a fairly strong competitive streak -- I like to make things a contest and I enjoy winning.  As the next July rolled around,  for the second time I decorated Matthew's bike and put a little more time and effort into the project.  While I never vocalized my desires, I had some hopes that Matthew and his bike would get a ribbon for first, second or third place.  Sadly, we were (I should say I was) disappointed when we did not even place, and no special ribbon for the littlest rider.

Almost immediately I began to conspire and plan for the next year.  As I pondered and planned my ideas and concepts became more elaborate. I began to collect items, like a part of an old window blind and a hula hoop.  As parade day grew closer, I started on my masterpiece.  Not only would this bike be decorated, it would be transformed into Matthew's own mini float.  I spent hours and had to carefully place the bike and all of its adornments into the back of a pickup truck.  We arrived at the parade and I nervously watched as the judges looked at all of the entries -- a random collection of bikes from very small to large and a medium size bike hidden within a float.  Happily, we accepted our first blue ribbon.  I was a bit chagrined when the judge asked Matthew if he helped his dad decorate the bike and my son stated "no, my dad did this all himself."

Well, that was the last of the Fourth of July bike entries, but we soon could look forward to Pinewood Derby!  How did we do?  Well, the first year we did not win first place, but we did for the next three years.  Those victories came thanks to many hours of planning, and scheming while Matthew happily looked on not really caring or knowing how much first place meant to his goofy dad.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Steve, I didn't know you were so over-the-top!