Even when an excursion is a surprise, like going to the Fair this past Sunday, I always try to lay some groundwork. After all, trips are always more fun when I can build the excitement to a fever pitch level. On Saturday evening Robby and I curled up on the couch and watched a show comparing various fair foods from around the country. I was hoping that watching the show would contribute to his enthusiasm when we took him to the fair. While he was interested in the show, one unfortunate segment profoundly impacted his impressions on the culinary treats sold at fairs.
I wish I had a camera recording Robby's reaction when
the show highlighted the unusual fair food selections in Texas. "Momom,
did he just say fried bull testicles?" After I nodded, he became highly
animated. "No wait a second. Are we talking about real testicles, like
these?" Before I knew it he was standing in the living room with his
pajama bottoms down to his ankles.
Pulling up his pants, I tried
to explain that some people consider the testicles to be a real treat.
This apparently is a concept that my little guy could not wrap his head
around! He went sprinting down the hall, screaming for Scott, "Daddy,
DA-DDEEEEE. Did you know that people eat cow balls at the fair!!"
Yikes, this was certainly not the hype I had hoped to achieve.
we desperately tried to redirect the conversation, Robby remained
stunned and fascinated by this epicurean choice. In hopes of ending the
discussion, I finally agreed to let him to enlighten Mr. Bill about the
fair food. I was able to surmise that Robby told his friend as soon as
he opened the screen door because I could see Bill begin to laugh from
my front porch.
Driving to the Fair on Sunday, Scott and I both
drilled the point that they do not serve deep-fried cow testicles at
our fair. Although we tried our best to convince him, Robby remained
weary. The fact that the first pedestrian we encountered was munching on
a giant meatball on a stick did not help our cause. Robby was convinced
that cow balls were being fried and sold, even prompting him to talk
with the ride operator. "Um, excuse me. If people want to get on here
and they are eating a ball on a stick, I wouldn't let them on if I were
you. They are eating cow privates, and that had to hurt the cow a lot."
were at the fair all evening, but Robby refused to eat anything but
french fries. He said eating anything else "wasn't worth the risk." I
had him watch the show on fair food to build a buzz and excitement.
Instead it resulted in us eating dinner at IHOP at 10:00 after the fair
closed. I am fairly certain that Robby won't be asking for meatballs
anytime soon! So much for trying to whip him into frenzy.