Well, despite our best intentions on Saturday night, Callum's schedule and the Lantern Parade couldn't be made to fit with each other. We headed out for it at 8PM - about an hour past Cal's bedtime - but in true Baltimore fashion the Parade started later than advertised and with Cal fading fast, we couldn't tough it out. He did get to see a fantastic giant almost-full moon in the clear October night sky, which I know made an impression because this morning at breakfast he said "look, there - moon!"
I realize this was our first foray with him into a big crowd too, and that made us a little uneasy - every time someone walking past would cough or sniffle, we'd kind of swerve Cal to the side and wait for them to pass - but I was really proud of Janet and myself for keeping a level head overall and not letting our worries get the best of us. The nice weather is back, though a bit colder, so we've got a few more park visits in us yet. The last 2 days since the weather lifted, Cal and I have been down at the duck pond in the afternoons. I throw breadcrumbs and Cal has taken to saying "come and get it, ducks!" and "go ducks go," which, for me, beats the Lantern Parade anyway. He is so into the Duck Pond that this evening when we visited with our friends Peter and Gillian, as we got to their door I told him we were about to see some friends and he replied quizzically, "ducks?"