I have a love-hate relationship with certain electronics. I am deeply in love with my iPhone, even though we sometimes need to spend a little time apart to recharge. My son’s XBox, on the other hand? I hate that thing. It’s a soul-sucking demon that lives in the basement. It would eat my son alive if I let it – sucking him in for hours at a time on Minecraft. (On a related note, it’s astounding to me that a boy who can build a multi-level castle, complete with livestock, a diamond wall and an indoor pool in a town he created on Minecraft, is utterly confounded by the concept of turning dirty socks right side out.) Last weekend, the girls were begging to head to the Fireman’s Field Days in a small town not far from ours. The prospect of getting Jack out of the house and away from a television screen was very appealing, so off we went.
The Field Days were basically a teeny tiny version of the State Fair, minus the livestock. And the butter sculpture. There were rides and games and some of the worst hamburgers I’d ever eaten in my life. The kids didn’t seem to care one bit. They went on rides together, laughed together and played an extremely competitive game of Whack-A-Mole. I’m not saying I’m competitive, but I won. Three times.
Most importantly, and likely the reason I’m not more critical of the venue overall: they had snow cones!! I love snow cones more than I love my iPhone. Especially cherry snow cones that come in those little paper cups – which is the only way you should eat a snow cone, in my opinion. The vendor handed me a straw, presumably to slurp out the melted ice and cherry flavoring. NO! If you eat your snow cone with a straw – we can’t be friends.
Jillian had a chance to demonstrate the most important skill on her resume, aside from being able to burp the alphabet. She is a black belt in the crane games. She has never walked away from a game without winning some kind of prize. I’m confident that will help when she’s applying to college.
It was definitely a day where I was reminded of the pleasure of living in small town and the simple joy of listening to your kids scream on a ride as they flip upside down. Ah, summer. Suck it, XBox!
What did you do this weekend??