Last Saturday night our family went to the Broiler Festival in the nearby tiny town of Crane. We still don't know what a broiler is, but we sure had a great time.
I love state fairs, reunions, company picnics, amusement parks, homecomings, baseball games, Fourth of July... any place where people gather to laugh, play, and celebrate life. While I do believe life's greatest joys are in the small daily moments, I adore the bigger celebrations, too.
I love spinny rides that makes your tummy jump and your head spin. The smaller the fair, the creakier, scary, more fun the ride.
Thank God my little girl is going to grow up enjoying all the crazy rides as much as I do. There are just some traits I felt it was imperative that she inherit from me. Things like unabashed public singing, extreme joy in life's small moments, and the thrill of a carny.
After all, there is nothing like an upside-down-loopdy-loop roller coaster. Except maybe a ride that spins you so hard your insides feel squishy.
As much as I love the rides, one of the best things about carnivals is the people watching. All the teenagers dress up for a carnival with as much care as we used to put into a Friday night trip to the mall. I loved listening to their over-loud, over-eager laughter, and the snatches of their earnest conversations. Since I can't show those particular teenagers to you, I'll show you my two favorite companions for a carnival, a baseball game, a life.
Summer isn't over yet, but this felt like a perfect ending. Happy, happy end of summer.
I took all these photos. Click here for a few of my favorite Ferris Wheel images.