In case you can’t tell from the few pics below, we had a great time. I have a bunch more photos to share, I just need five minutes to get them off the camera.
The day started off cold…it was 43 degrees when we woke up!! But, the sun shone brightly and between the walking and the sunshine we were perfectly happy.
So, maybe I’m strange…. I decorated Olivia Moonpie’s stroller. It never would have occurred to me not to. She had purple and silver pinwheels on the front, purple and silver pompoms on the handles and a hot pink and white polka-dot ribbon with little dangly things along the edge of the canopy. I actually wanted to do more, but ran out of time. I expected to see tons of fancy strollers and wagons when we got there. Instead, we appeared to be the only one. Now, there were thousands of people there so I may have missed them, but you’d think I’d see at least one!
It was a bizarre juxtaposition of emotions at the walk. It has a definite festival feel to it, but then you start to read the backs of the t-shirts. There are tributes to babies born too soon, too tiny, too sick. There are the celebrations too: The little girl wearing the “Team Leader” t-shirt whose daddy carried her on his shoulders the entire 3.5 miles, followed by about a dozen family members in shirts with her stats on the back. Our own Olivia Moonpie who napped for close to 2 miles and either rode happily in her stroller or in her daddy’s arms. Reminders either way of why we were there, proof that the donations DO make a difference and proof that there is still a VERY long way to go.
We wore the same t-shirts that Mel and Josh wore when they walked for us in 2008, which just felt right. Olivia Moonpie had her very own team shirt, the first of many. I’m in the process of making shirts for Miss M’s Momom, Aunt Shelia and Cousin Hayley to wear when they do the second half of Team On The Road’s March for Babies in Franklin, Virginia next month. If you didn’t get a chance to donate or help out for the first half, you can still pitch in and support Team On The Road part II using the link in the sidebar.
I can’t wait for next year!