My daughter and I had to carve out time for a day at the county fair since she is busy adulting these days. We stand in the line that snakes around endlessly for the Ferris Wheel, but our chance finally arrives. I step into the slightly swinging bucket, gripping the middle pole as a lifeline before sitting down. She relaxes across from me holding onto nothing. I want to be in her comfort zone.
The ride begins to carry us higher and higher and knowing I’m wrestling with jittery nerves, she says, “Mom, you’ll be fine, just breathe.” Heeding her advice, I slowly inhale, and then look down; surprisingly, my stomach doesn’t flip. My eyes take in the scene unfolding below: fair patrons waiting for their turn in the sky resemble an ant colony. A summer breeze gently caresses my face; it soothes me as much as this moment does with my daughter.
“Hanging out with your grown-up kids is like visiting the best parts of yourself.” ~Anonymous
My husband and I had planned to visit our daughter this spring who lives across country. But now with sheltering-in-place, that’s not happening. So, it’s special memories like this one about the county fair day that keep us company until the powers-that-be lift the orders. And of course, there’s phone calls, Facetime, texting, and emailing. My husband still wonders what in the world mom and daughter manage to talk about for two hours. All I can say is when we chat, there is never a moment of silence!
Lauren Scott (c) 2020 💗
23 thoughts on “Fair Day”
A super memory, Lauren
Thanks, John. Have a good weekend!
You as well.
Such a pleasant memory! I always loved ferris wheels – but it seems they weren’t as huge as they are now. Don’t think I’d have the courage.
It’s so great that you and your daughter have such a good relationship. Was it always so, even in her teen years?
Thanks for sharing, Lauren. I think we’re all looking forward to the day when things return to normal (whatever that will be like!) ❤️
I’m glad you enjoyed, Betty. I don’t know why I felt calm when I was nervous before the ride. But it turned into a good experience. Yes, my daughter and I have always been close, my son too, for which I’m grateful. I agree, what will the new normal look like? Sending love and hugs your way. 💗
Sounds like you are just like my daughter and I, we just dont stop and struggle to get heard above each other. Well done for braving the wheel, I used to want to go on one when I was younger but my dad didnt like them so I never got the chance. Now I would really have to have a courage burst to be able to chance it. :0
That’s good to hear, Alison. It’s a blessing to have great relationships with our older children. I’ve always had a slight fear of heights, so the Ferris Wheel has been a challenge for years. But this time for some reason, I managed without trouble and actually was fascinated with the view and perspective. And of course with the mom and daughter time. I hope you get the chance and find the courage; it’s a ride that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. 🙂
A sweet memory!
Darn this virus, anyway!
So happy to hear you and your daughter are lean, mean chatting machines! (ie: LOVE)
I love your humor, Resa, and it is needed more than ever during these crazy times. Humor and patience, I’ll say. Yes, I am so blessed to have a good relationship with my daughter and also with my son. Future post. 🙂 Happy weekend! 🌼
Ah, beautiful memories, my dear Lauren! 🙂 xoxoxo
Thanks so much, Marina! I hope you have a wonderful, quiet weekend, my friend. xoxoxo
And you too, my dear Lauren! xoxoxo
Memories are all we have for the time being Lauren. We also had to postpone our plans of visiting our daughter. Let’s see when they materialize. 🙂
I’m thankful for the other means to communicate, too, and hopefully, this will all clear up when it’s safe to do so. My only concern is that it might happen too soon. Thanks for your comment, Balroop, and I hope you get the chance to see your daughter soon also. In the meantime, enjoy your Saturday. 🙂
I loved this story. I love the county fair here and where I grew up. Try to go every year with friend traci
Thanks so much, Barbara. I appreciate your visit and agree with loving our county fair. It’s sad to be canceled this year. I planned to enter some writing and we go each year too. Stay safe, Lauren
They will be relaxing some restrictions in this Australian state next week because the virus curve has flattened so hopefully you will be out of restrictions in the near future. My daughter in Auburn is not enjoying the restrictions 🙂
I know everyone is eager to see “normal” again. I just hope it doesn’t occur so soon that a second wave hits. Take care, Ian, and thanks for stopping by.
Great time for reflection and hanging on to those good memories to get us through Lauren. ❤
It sure is, isn’t it? Thanks, Debby. Have a good day. 💕
You too Lauren ❤
Lauren, this is such a sweet memory. I enjoyed reading about your trip to the fair. You are far braver than I; there is no way I’d ride a ferris wheel again. Stay safe. Hugs.
Thanks, Michelle. I’m glad you enjoyed this little fair-y-tale. 🙂 I was okay on the Ferris Wheel, but I don’t know if I can still ride roller coasters which I’ve always loved. The joys of getting older. Stay well, too, my friend. 💕💕