How a Dream Day Updated a Bucket List

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Last week my post, How The San Francisco Giants Remind Us to Dream Big examined the special characteristics of dream teams – specifically the World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants.

This week, the City of San Francisco held a parade to celebrate their dream accomplishment – a celebration many long years in the making.

Our family have been Giants baseball fans for generations. For my Mom, it’s been HER dream to witness a big parade like this in person.

“A ‘bucket list’ item,” she said.

So it was obvious we had to find a way to go and be a part of the celebration.

It meant rescheduling work and school and getting up really early, fighting commute traffic and parking issues – and accepting the fact that even if we were there on time, we may not get to see a thing.

We got lucky and actually found parking. If you know San Francisco, that is a dream accomplishment in itself on any day, much less a day they were expecting a million people to line Market Street.

Because we were early, we walked the route – and after careful consideration Mom suggested our vantage point. We ended up on a corner at the turn where the parade would naturally have to slow down.

It was on the edge of the park where the trophy presentations were going to be made — and the thought was that we could just walk up the park to watch the ceremony once the parade passed by.

She also chose this spot for me, the aspiring wanna-be top photographer.

She kept saying “oh, I think you could get some incredible shots from here”. I felt excited, proud and little bit nervous that I was gonna be the one responsible to capture this moment for her.

But once the parade started our incredible spot quickly vanished.

It was like they came out of nowhere. Fans hopped the fences and stood on barricades. Arms in the air, people holding signs, cell phones and cameras became a tall human screen, making the ‘incredible shots’ my mom had hoped for from me nearly impossible.

I also knew right then that my mom’s dreams of seeing this parade up close were not gonna happen either. My aspiring photographer’s heart sank.

I looked over at my mom expecting to see disappointment. I mean my God, we were right there at such a historical event. But maybe it would have been more fulfilling for her (and creative for me) to stay home, sit on the couch and take pictures of the parade on the TV screen.

She was standing in her spot next to my Dad, surrounded by a few other TALL people. Her head was down, and she seemed a little emotional. I touched her hands and she looked over at me — and she was smiling. “I can’t believe it. I’m just so glad we are here.”

It was at that point I put the camera away and committed to being in the moment with my family – because it didn’t matter if I got “incredible shots”.

The images I ended up with document our experience, and a dream accomplishment for my Mom.

They were –

  • The Golden Gate Bridge at dawn
  • Blurry cable-car floats with waving players
  • Lots of backs
  • A few ‘creative’ shots by holding the camera above my head randomly clicking around
  • A few of the ground and the sky (inadvertent)
  • And one of me and my son

She loved them.

To watch my Mom cross something off of her bucket list after all those years was such a validation to me on the importance of never giving up on your dreams. We both believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

This week, take some time to think about the people in your life that are important to you.

Until next photo,


Remy’s dream is creating opportunities for photography showings and public displays of her work

  • Toni Schram

    I’m so glad you got to be a part of history on this special day commemorating the SF Giant’s
    World Championship!

    What a bonus to be able to experience this with your family and being able to cross this love fest off your mother’s bucket list.

    Let’s hope for a repeat in 2011!

    Love ya-

  • RemyG

    You are right Aunt Nancy – it was an ‘in the moment’ experience and I’ll always remember it. I hope Isaac doesnt have to wait 52 years for another parade. Thanks for making a comment. xoxo Rem

  • Aunt Nancy

    The Giants Championship Parade was one of those “where were you when the Giants’ parade was in SF ” moments. It means so much to me that when my grandson Isaac is asked that in the future he can reply ” I was THERE!! with my mom & dad, Uncle Adam & my nana!!

    I admit I’m a fair weather fan but it was still an amazing experience for me. I can only imagine what a lifetime experience it was for lfelong diehard fans like your whole family.
    Remy, I know it didn’t turn out to be the photo op you had hoped for but the pictures in your heart will last forever!

    Love you

  • Remy, congratulations to you, your mom, and the Giants. I think your dream was bigger than ours here in Texas. But we live to dream some more.

  • Lori O’Donnell

    WOW! As I sit here with tears in my eyes I can feel the emotion of the day. I feel like I was there with you. When you reached for your mom’s hand, and her response……I just don’t have words for what a special moment that must have been. Thank you for sharing this moment with us. So happy for your mom, so happy for you.

    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      Thanks Lor. Because you know her, you can imagine the coolness of that moment! Lets do a game next year together. What is on your bucket list, lady! xox Rem

  • Hey Remy,

    I was with them all the way (as long as I could stay awake every day) and cheered them on. So glad you got to go with your family for that parade. Exciting times. I think the shots you got will bring back all the memories of that day with your family. You were truly photographer to the stars in your universe.


    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      Thank you Maggie! I like that… Photographer to the Stars in My Universe. Such a a long nametag!
      It was exciting and special and one for the record books, for lots of reasons. Thanks again for posting a comment. xo Rem

  • Dana

    I wish we could have been there with you and the family. I am so glad you were there to be with Mom and experience it with her! How exciting!!!!

    Love you – Sis

    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      We missed you and Abby – definitely next year when we bring it home again! xox Thx Rem

  • Cute photograph with you and your son. He’s got that teenager look – no wonder your mom loves them ;-) Heather and I looked up the live coverage online and thought the crowds looked crazy. It took 2 hours for Ray to get to work.

    Congratulations on helping your mother with her bucket list – sounds like a wonderful family day in incredible fall weather.


    • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

      We left so early, we had no traffic heading in, finding a spot in the nearly empty Union Square lot, or issues with walking down to the Civic Center. Getting home was almost easier! My Aunt however left an hour later, and it took them almost 3 hours to finally get across the bridge. The stars were aligned for us, that is for sure.