We went to the Ancaster Fair this past weekend. We had a great time. My children are all at good ages for the fair at 5, 7, and 9. Ella went on the merry-go-round, the tea cups, and a 'fun slide' that she said was too fast and 'freaked her out'.
The boys went on a roller coaster, the Sky Drop, and (above) the Zero Gravity. I thought for sure that ride would make them puke up their hot dogs. It spins them around and then tilts up and down while spinning. They're not even held in very tightly. The ride operator said, "They're held in by centrifugal force." Centrifugal force? That's good enough? They can't throw on a seat belt? The entire ride I was saying to myself, "Bad Mom Award to you! How can you even let your children ride this thing? IF they survive, they'll get off all nauseous and sick and the Fair will be wrecked for them forever!" (They had begged me for hours to let them do it.) They got off the ride, eyes wide, and yelled, "MOM! That was the most awesome ride ever! LET'S DO IT AGAIN!" Whew. Dodged a bullet there.
It really made me notice again the differences between boys and girls. And not that one is better than the other; of course not. It's just interesting.
So all three did the fish pond, and got to pick out an inflatable. My oldest son picked out a large sword. My middle son picked out an even bigger 'Super Bat'. (Like a baseball bat.) My daughter picked out a 'My Little Pony'.
Then, while we were waiting for something, the boys started whacking each other with the inflatables. (Of course I had just told them NOT to whack each other, but they couldn't help themselves.) Another little boy walked by and saw them. He was holding an inflatable Spiderman. He didn't know them at all, but suddenly he walked right into the middle of the whacking and joined in. These three boys were all happily whacking each other while my daughter was sitting on the grass quietly petting her pony. (She also fed it and put her brother's sweater on it because it was 'cold'.)
We also went to the Demolition Derby. Again, I thought - boys: driving falling apart cars around and banging into each other for fun; girls: a Fair 'ambassador' wearing a tiara.
Hmmmmm. We sure do complement each other!