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No rain on this parade

Published 10:10pm Saturday, December 14, 2013

To the editor:

Whatever happened to gathering the blankets, grabbing the seat cushions, and umbrellas, and heading to the parade?

Some of the best memories came when little Johnny forgot his coat or Sally had only one mitten. There is joy and laughter in the stories over the years about sitting on a beautiful, 75-degree day at the Christmas parade, about the one when the snow came down just as Santa’s float passed by or even the one when your older brother jumped so hard in the puddle to see if he could get your shirt wet.

But this year citizens of Suffolk have been deprived the privilege of such memories. Their memories will be “Remember when a prediction of rain canceled the parade. No fear of lighting, no fear of freezing temperatures, no fear of hurricane gust winds, just a bit of water.” Water that wasn’t even a reality until Saturday afternoon.

The parade could have gone on, and those who didn’t want to get wet could have stayed home. Many hours, money, and children’s excitement were built around the idea of the parade.

I am deeply disappointed in the city of Suffolk’s leaders and decision makers because of the cancelation of this year’s Christmas parade.

However, they did not rain on my parade. On Dec. 20 at an already-scheduled event at our church, smiles will be displayed and memories will be made when children pile on our float and we drive it up and down Cypress Chapel Road, in all its lights and glory.

Christina Surber


  • cedarboy1

    After many years of giving an opinion on Suffolk’s downtown Christmas decorations,I gave up.Now when I go downtown,I’m not disappointed when I see the CHEAP LITTLE TRINKETS that are Suffolks version of decorating for the holidays.Now they should STOP trying to decorate.Their attempt is embarrassing and ugly.Put this money into schools for the “STUPID”,winter TENNIS courts,for the frozen,and armed guards for school hallways.This city WAS but is NOT my hometown any more. And whoever wrote that glowing column about Cedar Hill Cemetery has not been there in over 30+ years,and the NEW fence is to keep the DEAD in.Walk thru,take a look,check the eroding ground,the stones,but,lock the gate when you leave,you know why.When someone asks,are you from Suffolk,I say areyoutalking to me? ARE YOU TALKING TO ME!!.I no speak tha englis.

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