I have been in Leland for the 4th of July parade every year (but 2) since I was a baby. I remember years watching the parade with my entire family, including both of my grandmothers. I remember hoping for candy to be thrown my way.
Now a million years later, we have an even bigger crowd - my parents, brothers and sisters-in-law and all the kids sit on blankets along the road and enjoy this little bit of Americana.
The parade is exactly the same every year and as "short and sweet" as this moment is, I love it just the same.
And now its my teenage nephews that make sure to hand me a Tootsie Roll after the floats go by.