Really, this was a throwback to the early years when the Good Wife and I would take our own kids, plus our niece and nephew (from out-of-town) to the fair for the day. We were both teachers at the time and were required by edict to attend. So, why not take the whole family.
Yesterday we had my daughter and our new grandbaby (3 months) plus our niece and her two little ones in tow (16 months and 5 weeks old). Really it was as Yogi Berra would say, “Déjà vu all over again!” The only difference was that the little ones we used to take were now the moms taking their kids to their first Norfolk County Fair.
We had a fabulous time. Between diaper changes and feedings it was a walk and sit day, repeated over and over again. The best part was, as grandparents and great aunt and uncle, we got to be the “play with the kiddies” partners in action. This, of course, was totally and completely –PRICELESS!
Here are some quick highlights:
The 16 month old had a blast sitting on all the tractors, gators and lawn tractors. The little guy sat there trying to turn the wheel and reached down to press the buttons and pull all the levers.
The mom’s carried their babies like momma kangaroos in little pouches over their chests. We looked like a pack of Roos as we pushed the big guy in the stroller ahead of us. And folks, a stroller is a great crowd splitter when it’s busy and, busy it was yesterday. I didn’t have to shout, “Gang way” once. You see, my niece has a stroller built like a Sherman tank.
We found a secret eating establishment to find good food and quiet respite. The ice is taken out of the curling club during fair week in order that commercial displays have space. However, the curling club lounge acts as a restaurant. It was quiet and very comfortable and the food was very nearly gourmet quality. Three of us had Pad Tai Wraps that were scrumptious and delicious. Four adults had lunch for 30 bucks. That’s cheaper than Micky D’s, friends.
We ate two HUGE elephant ears that were piping hot and tasty. These light pastries (shaped like an elephant’s ear) are slathered in butter, topped with icing sugar and sprinkled with cinnamon. This treat probably provides 100 calories a freaking bite!
Most importantly, we laughed, we smiled and we totally enjoyed the antics of our little crew of little ones.
There is so much more I could tell you but because these three monkeys we had in our charge demonstrate great potential for further exploits, I’ll leave these stories to a later date. You can look forward to my upcoming blog about Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3. There is no doubt in my mind that these little boys are guaranteed to be little rippers. I think I’ll be blogging about them a lot over the next decade and more.
All in all, it was a great day and probably one of the best times we’ve had at the fair. There was Grumpy up on the Merry-go-round with his grandnephew smiling like a Cheshire Cat. The Good Wife had the babies babbling and smiling all day long. WE spelled the mom’s when we could and we enjoyed every minute of it. You can’t beat that.
The one truth I got from all of this is that even as you age there are throwback times that make you think and feel like you were when you were so very much younger.
It’s like you relive those good times through your kids and their broods. The feeling is amazing the second time around.
It’s like having that great joy of being new parents without all of the responsibility.
Really, this experience gives you the chance to be the confident parent you weren’t with your own new babies. And, you can be as silly and as goofy as you want without all of the consequences.
How good is that?