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Stay-School Adventures: Memorial Day, Quarantine Day 73 

click to enlarge Bo at the Vergennes Memorial Parade in 2019 - CAT CUTILLO
  • Cat Cutillo
  • Bo at the Vergennes Memorial Parade in 2019
Watching the Vergennes Memorial Day Parade every spring is one of our family traditions. When we lived in Vergennes, we would walk to the parade with my daughter Remy's toy ride-on tractor in hand so she could watch the giant tractors roll by while sitting on her own mini version. Last year, my son, Bo, sat on that same tractor during the parade. We have both created memories and also started to relive similar experiences every year at this parade — which is held to remember and honor those we’ve lost.

This Memorial Day, the parade was canceled. We decided to fill the void by doing something new.
click to enlarge Remy blades on the Burlington Bike Path - CAT CUTLLO
  • Cat Cutllo
  • Remy blades on the Burlington Bike Path
Our family created our own mobile parade, riding our bikes and rollerblades on the Burlington Bike Path. It was the first week since mid-March we ventured into a more public arena. We went early and the path it was mostly empty. The beat of the parade was replaced this year by the sound of wheels on pavement. We pulled over at North Beach to look at the lake, staring out at the infinite space of possibility.
click to enlarge North Beach, Memorial Day 2020 - CAT CUTILLO
  • Cat Cutillo
  • North Beach, Memorial Day 2020
We have wandered off the map of predictability. With a calendar of cancellations this summer, there are no go-to events for us to fall back on. Autopilot is out of order. There is both sadness from that loss and relief that there is space now for something new.

STAY-SCHOOL ADVENTURES: Memorial Day, Quarantine Day 73 from Cat Cutillo on Vimeo.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Authors

Cat Cutillo

Cat Cutillo

Cat is a multimedia journalist for Seven Days and Kids VT. Her multimedia storytelling series Vermont Visionaries spotlights role models and people inspiring kids. The video series also appears on WCAX.
Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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