Posted October 22, 2006 7:52 a.m. EDT
Again, twelve years later as I stood on the midway the other day I was mesmerized by the contrasts. There were families with strollers weighed down by life-size stuffed animals. There were teenaged boys wearing baggy jeans and oversized tee-shirts. There were teenaged girls wearing tight jeans and even tighter tee-shirts. There were older couples hand-in-hand who had been coming to the fair for decades, and younger couples hand-in-hand who were making what they hoped to be the first of many trips to the fair.
Somehow all of these different groups peacefully co-exist at the State Fair. Maybe it's the thrill of having your body propelled at sixty-five-miles an hour by the latest ride, the smell of deep-fried Coke, or the excitement of winning a Winnie the Pooh that takes up the entire backseat of your car. Whatever it is, wouldn't it be nice if we could achieve this harmony in our every day life?