Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cotton candy

Last Saturday, I took WCK downtown to see the circus. This was the first time she'd been. When I announced last month that I'd bought tickets to the circus, WCK's eyes lit up -- not at the thought of seeing elephants or clowns or trapeze artists -- but because the circus is where you get cotton candy. WCK had never had cotton candy before, but she'd heard The Legend of the Cotton Candy from other children.

She talked about the cotton candy all month long. As we approached the Sprint Center, she could see a cotton candy display through the window from about a block away and nearly passed out. She willingly bypassed a circus-themed bouncy castle in front of the Sprint Center so that we could get inside to the cotton candy as quickly as possible. I knew now that if I did not purchase the cotton candy, my child would either collapse and die from disappointment or -- on the ever-so-slight chance she survived -- have to enter therapy.

And the therapist would blame me for everything.

We finally made it to the cotton candy display, only to discover that a bag of cotton candy cost $12. I typed that right. Twelve. But I forked over the money without batting an eye, because of the month of longing and the dying and the therapist and everything. On the plus side, each bag of cotton candy came with a funny-looking hat, sort of a Cat-in-the-Hat-type hat that says "GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH" on the top of it. So I justified the $12 cotton candy by telling myself that our family would treasure this hat -- surely hand-crafted by skilled circus artisans -- for generations. WCK's going to wear it in her wedding.

And with the hat damaging my brain, I allowed us to step over to the souvenir stand, and I told WCK she could pick out one of those whirly, light-up things. I always wanted one of these whirly-light-up things when I went to the circus as a child, but my parents always said no, because they were sensible people who were saving money for food, shelter, and my college education. But doesn't this look way more fun than college? And way more practical than an English degree?

But I'm not going to publish the price of the whirly, light-up thing, because this time my husband would collapse and die and/or have to go to therapy. And the therapist would blame me for everything.


Team S said...

Because I am both mean and cheap, my children have not yet seen a circus, poor souls. However, I did locate some cotton candy in the Dollar Spot at Target!

Motherhood Mayhem said...

Love it!

Karen's Mom said...

Grandpa and I have a small college fund for WCK which by 2013 should cover at least one of her textbooks...or her it could also help out with cotton candy, souvenir hats and whirly-light-up-thingies especially if she shares all of it with you!

Sandy said...

I knew there was inflation going on but I had no idea in the world that cotton candy had been tagged as a item for it! I am living in Colombia right now and during the fiesta days, they have cotton candy here, too. I hope it won't make you want to move when you hear that some lucky children, after paying 3,000 pesos (=to $1.50 USD) find wrapped up inside the cone a $50,000 peso bill (=$25.00 USD)!!! I don't know why they do that, but it certainly drives the mothers mad when their children beg and plead for a chance to win that huge peso bill by paying for another cotton candy! I don't see too many therapists hanging around, by the way.