I have many fond memories of going to the State Fair when I was younger. I remember the smells of the animals, the excitement of the carnival rides and just the whole intriguing atmosphere. Now that we live just a few short miles from the State Fairgrounds here in Indy I was super excited to be able to take my girls. Hopefully, a tradition for years to come, as it was for me.
To kick off our first annual State Fair we parked our car and caught the free shuttle near our house. Interesting all in itself. Upon arrival, I could see the excitement on the girls’ face as they waited patiently in line to get in. First thing on their agenda, elephant ears!
Next stop, the animals. I must confess the livestock is by far my favorite part of the fair. Seeing all of the babies with their mamas and the overwhelming smell of poo. What’s not to love?
So now we get to the good stuff. Inside the massive barn contained an interesting creature, to say the least. “The World’s Largest Bore”! Weighing in at a whopping 1200+ pounds he was quite impressive. A large crowd was gathered and taking pictures when my oldest daughter notices something peculiar. She says to me (and the entire crowd around us) “Wow Mom, he has a large bladder. I bet he has to pee a lot with that big ole’ honker”. The people around us instantly start laughing and repeating what she has just said. It took everything I had to hold in my giggles and explain to her that sack was in fact not his bladder.
Figuring this would bring many more questions to follow I was trying to prepare myself. To my surprise, she just sort of shrugged it off and said: “oh, well it’s something like that”. Totally bought me some time until we were home. Before bed, I explained to her the anatomy of a male in vague detail. Once I got to the part about a sac that hangs is when she decided she had had enough. We ended that discussion with her saying “ewe! Why don’t they just get it cut off”.
I ended this day feeling grateful having this experience with them and being thankful I am the one that gets to teach my girls about life. I know this isn’t how it will be forever, so I will cherish it as long as I can.