Friday, September 16, 2011

Rain, Really?

 Who would have thought that such a wonderful beginning to Melon Days could have turned out to be so poopy.

School was fantastic today. My class is truly a dream to teach. I can't believe how wonderful it is to have such a fun class. I had a melon bust with them this year (the first time in about four years). We invited the fourth grade to join us since they were the only ones who had not had one. It was good fun and the kids really enjoyed it.

As soon as school was out, I headed home and changed into more comfortable clothing and headed to the park. My wife had all the tables up and the peg board hung and was trying to get things hung and priced. We got everything set up and....

It was the slowest afternoon in the past 5 years of doing this. There was very few people there in the park. And then the clouds started to appear. It wasn't too bad at first. The breeze felt good and it kept the flies away. Ms. D showed up to visit with my wife and they took the my youngest son over to the inflatable toys. My second oldest sister also arrived with her three daughters to do face painting. They got lots of practice with my kids, but no paying customers. Where IS everyone????  My oldest sister is also selling her wares. She runs the Petals, Pens, and Pots website.

After some discussion, we decided that we should cover everything up and batten down the hatches. We got everything moved to the middle of canopy (thanks sis for sharing your canopies with us).  I kept watching the tree above our booth. We had noticed early in the day that a branch was broken and was hanging above us. As the wind swung it back and forth I kept hoping and wishing that it would stay attached. Let's just say that I didn't ever end up doing a tuck and roll, but I am still very leery of it falling and destroying our booth. You have to admit, that with they way our luck runs, it is almost a certainty.

Well, we didn't blow away, but we also didn't get to have our booth open for the rest of the day. And then, came the rain. It started out as a hint of wet- carried on the wind, and then it turned in to a refreshing mist. We felt that we could make it through this with out any problems. Then came the down pour. It was very interesting trying to keep the little one's out of the rain, keep all of my wife's amazing crafts dry, and stay dry myself. My oldest sister went and got everyone dinner, which was much appreciated as we were all starving. We ate in the rain, well, not IN the rain, but with the rain falling all around us. We got everything secured and battened down and headed home. My wife went to the queen pageant and I took the boys. My niece was in the pageant and she did good. She didn't win, but she was a winner in our books. She played her piano piece beautifully- Go Mikey!

Well, it is late and I am exhausted (I say that a lot these days...). We are planning on being at the park EARLY and I am also helping a friend with his float- I get to run the candy cannon! Wahoo! :)


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