Sunday, June 24, 2007

Carnival Logic

Saturday, Mini-Me, G and I went to the local carnival. It's an annual thing celebrating our "city's" beginnings. We've never been to the carnival in the 7 years we've lived here. The kids have always been too little.

It was rather pleasant. It had rained that morning but by mid-afternoon the sun was out. Luckily there was a breeze off and on -- but not nearly on enough. We left The Professor and the littles napping and off we went. We bought Ride bracelets for the kids and off we went.

They rode rides and had a great time. And for the most part, they enjoyed the same rides. There was only one ride that G opted off of...and that was because another boy was released because he was close to panic. Mini-Me loved it though and even went back to ride it again.

Their favorite was the Dragon Wagon and the swings.

I let them play one Mid-way Game...because they asked.

The guy guaranteed they'd walk away with a bear. So okay - I plunked down my left arm money and they both had 3 shots. If they knocked the cups down once, they could choose from the animals on the wall on the right. If they knocked the cups down twice they could choose from the wall on the left.

Mini-Me knocked down the cups once. She took aim again and barely missed.. She was told she could have anything off the wall on the right. The thinking began.

G missed twice, and I shot for him the last time - and we won. (it would have been embarrassing if I'd lost.) He IMMEDIATELY chose a stuffed snake. It's dark blue and green with white fuzz around it's face. It almost looks like it has a beard. To top it all off, it's wearing a ball cap. It's an odd looking snake.

Mini-Me, contrasted to G, deliberated. She thought. She thought some more. I tried to help.
She wanted to see one bear but decided not. She finally asked, "Can I pick from the other wall?"

I told her no - that she was told to pick from the wall on the right because she only knocked the cups down once. She looked again...and I suggested maybe a penguin? or the dog with puppies? The dolls weren't ugly looking - just not cute enough. I knew what she was looking for and the only thing pink in the bunch was a stuffed pig.

She said, "Because I was thinking...they're all the same SIZE."

I chuckled and said, "That's very logical of you."

The guy behind the counter laughed and said,'It is..." he laughed again, 'That's VERY logical." Then he got a bit closer (like it was a secret) and said "Honey, what would you want off the other wall?"

without hesitation, "I can't choose between the pink bear or the racoon."

I chose for her. I was actually concerned that she'd mess up a good deal. Then there's the fact that she could deliberate between two pink animals for HOURS.

She already has a pink bear and the pink racoon is really cute.

I loved her logic.
I loved that it was a blessing to her.
I even loved that she had already chosen what she wanted from the other wall.

She was definitely a winner on Saturday.


Katie said...

That sounds like a pretty good day. I love rides, especially the swings. As I get older I find the crazier rides make me a bit woozy, but I still brave them.

TobyBo said...

the quote around here is "Logic... the last refuge of a scoundrel." I'm glad it worked for her. :)

Have fun when you make the sushi krispies. I had the pleasure of pointing out to my doubting family that none of them were left to bring home.

And, yes, Jack swaggered. My favorite moment was when he went up to the hostess with a big, "Barbara, Darling...." He was perfect. Now, if it had been me, I think I would have slapped him across the face, but she just laughed

Peculiar Blogs said...

I think we must be lizard-like because even when we have to plunk down our left arm, it grows right back for us to plunk down at the next midway we run across. :-) Great story about your great kids. :-)

kardel said...

That is funny how different your children are. I used to be indecisive until I had kids and now I don't have so much time to ponder all of the choices.

Now where is your SRT wrap up post?

Henny Penny said...

Love a girl that knows her own mind!

A snake? With a beard and ball cap? LOL

Melanie said...

That is too cute!

jugglingpaynes said...

How do our kids do this??? My children have gotten numerous free turns until they win something. They've also been given prizes from the better prize category.
Are carny workers getting soft?;o)
Peace and Laughter,