The elementary school held it’s PTA Carnival tonight. The girls wanted to go quite badly. I could tell Nancy didn’t want to take them so she ask me to take them and she went with Samuel to his final T-ball game of the season. The carnival was your typical PTA fundraiser – inflatable rides, sno-cones, hot dogs, etc.
I gave each girl 20 tickets (2-4 tickets for a ride, 4 tickets for a sno-cone, 2 tickets for a soda, etc.) Anne headed straight for the rock climbing wall. She was able to make it about half way up but she was wearing sandals which hampered her efforts a bit. Afterwards she found a friend and spent the rest of the time with her friend. Emily headed off with one of her friends and I didn’t see her until the end. Caroline didn’t have a friend to hang out with so she and I were pals for the evening. Caroline loved going on the big inflatable slides. Her favorite one was a big obstacle-course type inflatable slide with a big dinosaur:
Several times kids from the school waved and said hi to her. I asked her if she wanted to go play with them but she was content to just wait in line for the slides over and over agin. She also got a blue sno-cone which ended up about 50% in her mouth and 50% on her shirt. By the end of the carnival she looked like a blue smurf with a blue face a blue-stained shirt, and a big snaggle-tooth blue grin.
In the end I’m glad I took them. I remember loving those type of cheesy carnival things when I was a kid – running around, deciding what to spend my tickets on, wishing I had more tickets, wishing I could stay there all night. Just watching Caroline enjoy herself made my day.