Every year at this time, our little town has a Carnival.
For as long as I have lived here, this little traveling Carnival has arrived like clockwork, to usher in the start of summer.
I can assure you, every piggy bank in town gets emptied out when the Carnival rolls into town.
We have many happy memories of excited children waving from the Ferris Wheel or Merry Go Round. Hubby always won at least one stuffed animal per child at the concession stand. This took quite a few quarters. Rolls, in fact.
Because if one child has a tiger, they all want a tiger. And they want 'different' tigers than their brothers and sisters.
The children would win their own as they got older. I wonder what ever happened to them all? Oh, now I remember, it was our dog, Heidi. She once chewed through a whole collection of stuffed animals in one night. But I am getting off track here. Heidi needs a post all to her own someday.
Mother's of little ones especially like these small town Carnivals. Gentle little whales go round and round. Climb inside a strawberry and twirl and dip. Take a colorful hot air balloon ride rising and falling in the lazy Summer air.
Not only is this little Carnival bright and colorful, but the air is scented with the most delicious things. Hot Buttered Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Fries. Cheesy, Gooey Nachos, Lemonade and Ice Cream.
The Carnival is such a happy place, filled with children's laughter and shrieks of joy, delightful and delicious scents, and bright, cheerful colors.
I hope your Summer is as happy as a Carnival!
Meet you at the Ferris Wheel!