Real Life #9 - Back when we could assemble

I used to live in the Bronx and one Thanksgiving me and Mrs. Flu got up very early and headed down to Central Park to find a place for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a great time! We met people who had gotten the same sport as a family for over 30 years as well as people who were there for the first time. We were near the back, but close to a subway with an open bathroom (I plan ahead). One mom next to us was on her own, there to support her son marching in the parade. We got his name and what band he was with then spread the word through the crowd around us. When Michael and his band came in site 200 people yelled "Go Michael!", clapped and cheered for him and his band. His head snapped and looked directly at his mom who had been given a front row seat. With a big grin he waved and blew kisses to his mother. It caught on, and the crowd continued to cheer for him far down the street. Many of us in the crows, sent the photos and videos we had taken to this women we didn't know. No fear of being doxed, no fear that anyone was going to call us an "ist" of "phobe". Just humans, enjoying a shared experience of making someone alone feel welcome. This is what we have lost to our techno-fascist government/big tech authorities alliance. Our humanity...

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