I cannot remember too many magic moments in my life but this year at the Texas State Fair I experienced something amazing which I would like to name a “heart toucher”.
So many of us cannot find the time out of our schedules to go to our state fairs experience the sights, smells and sounds of our particular/peculiar state and its agriculture, commerce and tastes. I am certainly no exception. Every year I set my sights on a day to go to the fair but life always makes other plans and I cannot manage to get off a “whole day” to play. However, this year (my first year as an empty nester) I grabbed my honey and told him I was taking time off to go to the fair and he was only too happy to come along.(after he picked himself up off the ground from his dead faint)
Now I am certain as I write this that everyone has their favorite “fair thing”…eating a corny dog, fried [insert twinkies, pickles, cappuccino, jelly bellies, bananas, ice cream here] drinking homemade lemonade, and enjoying the gourmet treats each unique state has to offer. When I was a younger mom, we spent time in the smell enhanced barnyards looking at the baby animals…as a wife, we have to do our time in the “auto show” for our husbands sake. (bleech!) I like the food and fiber building for the interesting food facts of our great state and to visit the areas that hold the preserves, pies, and culinary delights of people who keep our state cooking traditions alive (cornbread, biscuits, pickles and other canned delights)
However, now, I really have grown to love the bird show sponsored by the local grocery (Kroger) and have seen it 2 times before. Animals never cease to amaze me in my life as a city dweller. (though I know quite a few critters live in my yard…that is another blog) This show has storks with amazing 9 ft. wing spans, eagles that fly down from the Farris wheel to the show circling and weaving…birds that can take money from you and slide it into your pocket, and an amazing owl which you will see here.(yes he was awake in the day time as he needed to get his picture made with me…)
The most wondrous moment of the Fair, though was actually a fabulous surprise. There were butterflies flitting here and there due to the season and the Monarch migration that comes through Texas most likely played a role. As my husband and I were walking/wandering one of the winged little creatures seemed to be flying along with me so I held out my finger and asked it to come chat with me. As you probably suspected by the title of this blog and to my utter amazement and delight, it landed right on my extended index finger and stayed there for quite a while.(taking a rest and telling me that this was of the best fairs ever and that I had a very nice comfy finger) I agreed with him about the fair and complementing him on his lovely wings and after a while he flew away leaving me with the most wonderful memory and a treasured moment. Here’s looking at you kid!