A Lesson Learned?

by - September 4, 2011

Waiting on the Four Square Gospel Church lawn for the parade to start.
Is it a lesson learned when mistake or procrastination breeds reward?  When tears shed over self-disappointment birth first place ribbons?  I am thrilled at his accomplishments but part of me feels like my attempt at parenting - at allowing a lesson to hurt and mold - has been trampled by an unmotivated town.

still waiting....
I sit on the Fall Fair committee.  This is not as important as it may sound.  In essence, I am responsible for creating the list of craft items in all the children's categories - submitting this to the secretary in time for the fair book to go to print, helping with the set-up/tear-down of said children's area and sitting with the judge - not speaking because she's judging my own child's entries - and tallying the scores of all the entrants.  Glamourous, no?

I love my town.  I love the care they take to keep fresh flowers along the bridge.  I love the river that courses through.  I love the history painted on the wall across from the Post Office.  But standing in that arena, beneath that old mural of marching band girls in white skirts and blue plumed hats, seeing sparse tables and dwindling numbers, I was embarrassed.  Embarrassed for a town that used to throw a fair worth staying home for on the long weekend.  Even the parade - that as a child used to be full of costumed children on their decorated bikes, more free candy than could fit in your pockets, fun floats and silly dressed pets - is just a little bit lame (not to mention starting fifty minutes late - us baking beneath a surprised heat wave along Garafraxa Street).  Really, people?  A tractor does not constitute a float!  Tie a corn stalk on it, at the very least.  Better yet, don a rainbow wig and throw Tootsie Rolls at my kids!

There is no mid-way.  No clowns roaming about with balloons.  No sickening smell of hotdog carts.  No chance to vomit your cotton candy on the Whirly-Gig because there is no Whirly-Gig.  There is nothing.  It's just a grey little bubble of "remember when it used to be really fun?"  Kids aren't participating.  Their craft table is sparse.  Is it really winning if you have no competition?

Zander rushes it with eyes fully dilated - they get like that when he's really tired or really excited.  1st place.  1st place.  2nd place.  1st place.  2nd place.  1st place.  1st place.  1st place.  So he won most points anyway - an extra $15 prize - despite his slacking.  Because every other kid in this sweet little town of ours was slacking too.  I'm thrilled that he's thrilled.  But I'm annoyed.  Righteously annoyed.

 His "Something Made Out of Lego" got 2nd place because the judge didn't understand what it was - she didn't know who Mario was and I couldn't explain it until after the judging because I'm not a cheater!

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  1. What a loser of a judge! How can you not know who MARIO is?! Zander did an awesome job on it! However I feel your disappointment with small fairs... it's the same with ones here in Walkerton. I think sometimes people get ahead of themselves and assume it's going to be lame, so they don't show up or care about it, and then it inevitably becomes lame. It's just a matter of changing peoples minds I believe.


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