Today, my parents (see the picture to the left) drove up from Pennsylvania to spend the day with me. This weekend was the opening weekend for the Lilac Festival, and Mom decided that she wanted to check it out this year. Since I usually go every year by myself, I was all for this, and spent a pleasant day with them.
After ascertaining that they would not be here until 12:30pm at the earliest, I arranged to have my parents meet me at Psyschic’s Thyme so that I could run in and visit my friends when the shop opened. This worked out well, as I had already planned on taking my parents to the shop to meet everyone (well, everyone who was working) today.
Once the introductions were done and we had a bit of conversation, I took my parents over to DiBella’s for a quick lunch, and then we were off to check out the festivities. My mother was quite amazed by the festival. She was not expecting to see something quite on the grand scale as this. This is because she is used to the Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, which is nice, but much smaller. So as we walked all along the hill next to Highland Avenue, going from bush to tree to bush, she was impressed with all the colors and varieties of lilacs.
I admit that I found the experience far more enjoyable than when I go alone. When I’m by myself, I don’t spent quite so much time wandering through the lilacs or really appreciate them. Of course, I also had to keep reminding Mom that no, she could not uproot one of the bushes (like the one that produced the lovely purple ones in the picture) to take home with her. Of course, she was joking. Or at least I think she was joking.
After we got done checking out the lovely flowers and the arts and craft fair, I took my parents over to Genesee Valley Park so she could see where I plan to take my sister and her family the evening they come to visit me later this month. Mom was again quite impressed. Apparently, she’s just not used to city parks the size of the ones we have around here.
It was a wonderful day, if a bit exhausting. Hopefully, I get plenty of rest tonight, as tomorrow is the Walk to Cure Diabetes.