Today's Wonder of the World is...Food On A Stick! (UPDATE FOLLOWS...)
Flickr photo by hijinx400
There are few things more wonderfully weird than carnival Food On A Stick!
Why make today Food on a Stick Day?
It's my daughter's idea.
Well, sort of. I'm just following her example. Allow me to explain:
This summer Sarah went to a pre-med camp at the university she'll be attending. This surprised us all because we were so sure the poor thing inherited her mommy's squeamishness and tendency to faint at the mere idea of throbbing blood. (Oh dear I shouldn't have written that.)
Anyway, after a week at camp, she came home gushing (another bad choice of words) over how thrilling it was to dissect a part of a real human, and how they passed around plasticized actual body parts, and how she put her whole hand into the side of a cadaver and how squishy it was in there.
As I put my head between my knees I asked her, "Sarah, how in the world did you do it? How did you keep from feeling faint?"
"MULTIPLICATION TABLES!!! Mom, I discovered that whenever I'd start to feel faint, I could start doing multiplication tables in my head and I'd be fine! It was amazing! It gave my squeamish part of my brain something to do, while the other side could concentrate on whatever the doctors were saying! I had absolutely no problem! Isn't that great?"
So today, as I take my first child to college, Food on a Stick will be my multiplication tables! Math is fine--I actually enjoy it--but who can turn down a deep fried stick- o- Twinkie?
So if and when I start to feel the least little bit of a catch in my throat today, I will start reciting inside my head:
Scotch egg on a stick
Shrimp on a stick
Fruit on a stick
Fried Snickers bar on a stick
Frozen cheesecake on a stick
Watch this video and you'll see what I mean!
I'll let you know how it all works out.
If all else fails, I can always go back to
Have a Wonder-Full Friday, y'all!
Sarah is all set in her brand new home!
Here she is sitting on her bed, next to her ticklish brother Sam, at the one moment when he wasn't bored out of his skull and asking when we'd be done!
(We discovered that when you're nine years old, moving your sister into a dorm is not exactly thrilling after the first 30 minutes is over. :))
But Ben was pretty happy. Especially when confused college girls thought he was an incoming freshman!
He looks wistful there, but believe me he's smiling on the inside!
Sarah is happy and we're happy, and so far, there have been no tears or food-on-a-stick recitations.
(Though I fully expect them to come later!)
Right now I'm just thankful for all the new things coming her way.
And I'm thankful for a roommate that is just right for her.
Aren't they a cute pair?
Katie and Sarah met last spring in a Facebook group for her dorm, got to know each other online, and decided to room together. I'm so glad they did!
So yey for college life and experiences to come!
And yey for you friends out there and all your sweet well wishes for our family!
You're a Wonder yourselves!