Last week I had a short business trip to Idaho (which was unexpectedly amazing) so my grandma came from New York to help out with Bee while I was gone. The Saturday after I came back we all decided to go to the Children’s Day at Brookside Gardens. When we strolled into the park, there were hundreds of people walking around, eating, dancing, competing on who can spit a watermelon seed farther, and there was even a band playing music (very good music, may I add)!
Jay Mankita’s songs are all free for download on Bandcamp.
You should’ve seen Bee’s face, she was so astonished from seeing dancing vegetable people, literally; from all the noise coming from all corners of the world; and from so many moving people that kept racing past her eyes like falling stars that she didn’t even flinch one face muscle for at least 15 minutes; she was just standing there trying to understand why are all these people here.
I could see how overwhelmed she was so we migrated to a coloring and gluing workshop, in a much quieter spot of the park, where she was able to gather her thoughts and create a beautiful paper plate with vegetable embellishments.
After reality sunk in, she was ready to go to the concert again. One of the dancing vegetable people tried to “give her a five”, but that scared her a little bit so we ended up as spectators for a few songs.
On one of the sidewalks there were promoters of organic Honest Tea that were selling the tea pouches for $1 each. It turns out that they “only” contain 12 grams of sugar (sweetened with fruit juice only) per pouch and although I wouldn’t usually buy a sugary drink for her at all, I thought, what the heck; plus she loves drinking from a straw and it was HER day anyway.
We decided to spend the rest of the festival walking around in the gardens. We lounged on the grass field,
visited bumble bees (what a fun and educational workshop, even for me!), smelled some flowers,
and saw the butterflies in the pavilion.
At that point Bee was ready to pass out, so she jumped into the stroller and rode all the way to the exit, requesting periodic stops next to floating balloons which hung near every workshop. By the time we got to the car, she was fast asleep and only woke up 3 hours later.
Well, that was our wonderful weekend! How did your go?
-Tree People Love