LA County Fair with Aly

Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | Friends

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Yesterday, I had very enjoyable time at the LA County Fair with my friend Judy, her daughter Elaine and her granddaughter Aly. It's always been strange to me they call it the Los Angeles County Fair but it's held in Pomona. I feel like Pomona is more the Inland Empire than Los Angeles, but I guess it's technically in Los Angeles County.

I had never met Elaine or Aly before, so it was a treat. Now I just need to meet Serena and I'll have met all four of Judy's daughters. I rode in the back of the car with five year old Aly. For the first 20 minutes or so, Aly was completely quiet. She didn't utter a peep and just looked at me with her huge eyes and made mouth gestures. But once she was more familiar with me, she opened up just fine. She yelled out when she saw a roller coaster on the way. It was at a miniature golf amusement park beside the freeway.

Aly had a simply marvelous time at the fair. She ate a chocolate ice cream cone, tried shave ice, fed sheep and goats, ran a hay maze, ate popcorn, rode on a kiddie roller coaster, but most importantly, she got to ride a pony! Riding a pony can bring a special joy to a little girl. The kind of joy I wish I could muster at my age. The smile on Aly's face atop the beautiful pony gives me incentive to enjoy each day more fully. With age we gain wisdom, but sometimes children can help us adults put things into perspective. I want to not take things for granted and live in the moment, in the present and not worry what tomorrow holds.

To end our day, we stopped at In-N-Out for dinner. I bought Aly a Neapolitan milkshake, where they put vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavors in one shake. It's very cool because you can taste the individual flavors as you drink. Aly loved it. I told her the changing flavors were magical.


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