Took the kids to Kidsfest today. Well, Dixie took them and I met up with them there.
I hate to be Mr. Negative, but most of the time there was spent waiting. 20 minutes in line for cotton candy and popcorn; 20 minutes in line for inexplicable balloon hats; 5 minutes in line for the bouncy castle; 3 minutes in line for hot dogs (which, at $0.50 apiece, with $0.25 soft drinks, was actually quite the steal of a meal); 10 minutes in line for face painting. So, out of the 1.5 hours I was there, 1 hour of it was spent waiting. Wow. I hadn’t put the numbers together like that until just now.
But the kids had fun. I guess they played some games before I got there. And they jumped in the bouncy castle. And they got a hug from a snake. And they got their faces painted. And they got cotton candy, hot dogs, candy, pop corn and balloon hats. Can’t really complain, now can we?
Not sure what was going on with the face painting. The first girl available to paint the kids’ faces didn’t look to be much more than a couple of years older than Madeline, but she had a volunteer shirt on, so . . . Madeline’s face turned out fairly well. Luke’s, on the other hand, looked a little like the paint was discharged from a shotgun. But he’s young enough for it to not make a difference. His face was painted and he was happy. Had it not been painted, he would have been happy too.
In Holland, when I was the kids’ age, they would have a carnival in a field a block away from our house. Do you know what I remember from those carnivals? The smell of cigarettes and the Heineken beer coasters from the beer tents. That is all.
It’s a good memory.