Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It goes out with a bang

People come in droves, slowly inching their way towards the gates. The impatient ones take it upon themselves to maneuver their way in front. Above us Snowbirds charge through the sky like synchronized swimmers.

Our moods lift upon gaining entrance on to the grounds. Surrounding us are endless queues that are waiting for another to join in their snake like fashion. That does not damper the anticipation. The first ride is moments away!

As we linger, our three year old declares that she must ride in the yellow one. Yellow, having always been her favourite, is loosely referring to the sparkly gold four-seater. Most of the little girls dash towards the pink vehicles, while the boys beeline toward the blue so her wish is granted. She takes her place beside another little girl and places her hands upon the steering wheel. There is no fear, only eagerness. The carny starts the great circle and off they go. Round and round. Occasionally she spots me on the sidelines and waves. All too soon the ride comes to an end. Parents scurry from every direction to collect their children and away we go to find another thrilling ride. She's had her first taste of the carnival. She is beaming with a permanent smile.

The intoxicating smells of sticky sweet treats intermingle with the more unpleasant stench of the crowd. The blings and dings of games drown out the person trying to sway you to play. In every direction we soak in the colours that light up the night sky casting a magical glow. It electrifies the spirit of the child within. The fountain of youth may be found in the fruit flavoured syrup poured on a snow cone.

A Mardi Gras parade dazzles the crowd. Adults snatch up the bead necklaces but a kind woman gives one to our daughter. A man, sitting on a float, aims his camera to capture the joy upon her face. A mascot blows kisses to her. It is likely that she is over the moon.

To keep the children up past their bedtime they devour warm, cinnamon sugar sprinkled mini-doughnuts. We make our way through the midway. The baby gleefully bounces as she looks up to see the colourful explosion of fireworks. It marks the end of the perfect day.

15 Singing the blues:

chelle said...

awww totally reads like the perfect day!!! I miss the snowbirds!!!! How awesome that you got to share that day with your family!

metro mama said...

Sounds like fun. Can't wait to do that stuff with Cakes.

Pattie the Domesticator said...

Sounds like "the perfect day" I
I am glad you had such a fun time.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I felt like I was there with you eating cinnamon donuts! Great post! Sounds like your little ones had a great time.

anne said...

I am having problems commenting on your blog. It will not let me in time after time....lets see if this one works.

Anne said...

Oh it worked! Memories of the EX, and how about those icecream waffles.....mmmmm

Mommy off the Record said...

I can't wait for my son to be old enough to enjoy a carnival. He took his first merry go round ride the other day and loved it. It's so fun seeing it all through their eyes, isn't it?

Jamie said...

What a wonderful day and your choice of words to paint the scene is just lovely.

lildb said...

I got tingly reading this. the thought of the smiles on your girls' faces makes me swoon.

sunshine scribe said...

Fabulous! What a perfect, perfect, perfect day.

So well told ... felt like I was there with a big smile on my face too :)

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binytown said...

That looks awesome!

Nancy said...

You've made me homesick for the NY State Fair, which I used to visit every August as a child. (But homesick in a good way -- your descriptions and pictures were so lovely it was almost like being there!)

Mom101 said...

This is lovely. I feel like I just read a piece out of a literary magazine.

Thomas Hoey said...

So nice to hear something positive about Fairs, Festivals and Carnival Midways. We get so much negativity in the business of entertaining people, it is a wonder we go on and on and on......