We got free tickets in the mail, so last Sunday we went to the Arkansas State Fair.  Our kids are really too young to fully enjoy all the fair has to offer, but we figured we visit the cow barn and let Carina ride a couple kiddie rides.  I was really anticipating what I thought would be her overjoyed reaction at the experience of riding around in circles on a blinking, noisy, glittery vehicle.  The investment did not pay out this time.

I'm so over this.

I'm so over this.

Kiddie rides at the state fair are $3 each and last about 2 minutes.  We bought $6 worth of tickets and headed for a ride that featured blinking, noisy, glittery ATVs.  We plopped her on there, buckled her in, and steadied the camera for the big event.  The girl did not crack a smile the entire ride, and only protested lightly when I went in to get her off the ride.  For the next one, we let her pick which ride she wanted.  Maybe ATVs aren’t her thing.  She picked a ride that was pretty much exactly the same, but with boats instead of ATVs.  Below is a video of Carina on the boat ride.  You can see me at the far side trying to elicit a reaction.  You can hear Craig begging for eye contact.  You can tell that neither of us are successful.  However, when I went to get Carina off of this ride, she screamed and cried and wanted to ride again.  Why?  Why would she want to do something that created such solemnity in a child who is normally so crazy-silly-happy? When I watch this, it makes me flash forward to when Carina is a teenager, and we let her borrow the car for the first time, and she doesn’t even say thanks.  But, when she drives down the block and turns the corner, she rolls down the window, turns up the radio and is overjoyed by the experience of her new freedom, as long as her parents aren’t watching.

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