Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
We’re knee deep in Charlotte’s Web here. I love that book! Giggles read it at the end of the school year and then got to watch the movie during a special end of the school year showing. I cry at the end of the book every time. She’s Wilbur’s best friend. Tender, semi-wussy, little Wilbur, will have to live the rest of his days without her. I’m getting misty eyed just thinking about it. Charlotte was truly one of a kind. Giggles didn’t cry. The girl came from Ghana. Cry over a stupid spider? No way, there were much sadder things in her world. But, the fair caught her attention. What is a fair? Will we go? Will I ride on the rides? Will I eat the food? All the talk of the fair made me remember the version of the movie that I watched growing up (this was pre-Dakota Fanning. Remember, I’m old). The rat, Templeton, sings about how the fair is “a veritable smorgasbord”, and then spends all night after the fair closes eating all the scraps he finds on the ground until he’s practically in a food coma when they find him the next day. Ahhh, it brings me back to my own childhood.
All this talk put me in the mood to find a good old fair. So, we found one. The kids had a BLAST! We bought only one fair treat (seven kids at a fair can blow a family’s budget to heck), but we rode all the rides that Giggles was dying to try. She’s a little daredevil! ShyGuy, not so much. I rode the Tilt-A-Whirl with them, shouting “LEAN!” as we spun that thing until I thought we would all “vomit” (the word “barf” is not in the Ghanaians vocab yet, they use the proper term, which cracks me up). It was just like when I was a kid and rode until I thought I might vomit too.
The “Go Gator”, always a favorite.
Waiting to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl. GigantoBaby was too busy begging for fair food to get in the picture.
Bubbly made some bad choices that rendered her ineligible to ride. She hung out with dad, cuddled and discussed how to make better choices in the future. She returned to her bubbly self in no time.
The Diva LOVED the Carousel (not that you could tell from the picture, she’s SO over picture taking). When it was time to get off…
Not so much.
who can almost taste the funnel cake.