|"The Beggar" ACEO|
I can’t ride rides. I get sick and it’s not a pretty sight. I know my limits and I haven’t sat my derriere on a ride seat ever since I was little and my dad (who loved rides by the way) convinced me to ride the scrambler with him at a local fair. After the ride was over I reeled over to the nearest trashcan and unloaded my cotton candy, hot dog, funnel cake, and popcorn into that receptacle, albeit slightly used.
Everyone else in my family loves rides and we are within driving distance from several nearby Amusement Parks. Summer comes and Amusement Parks are always on the agenda. I am nothing if not a trooper so I tag along and Amusement park myself on a bench. I bring a book, and I people watch.
I think that watching people is the most enjoyable way to spend a summer day. Especially when you are just sitting on a bench in an Amusement park. Everyone is busy having fun and no one is going to stop and say,
“Hey Buddy, take a picture it lasts longer.”
You can people watch with abandon.
You can count how many people are wearing sensible shoes. Would you believe there are quite a few wearing four inch heels? Ouch!
You can count how many are wearing flip-flops (it’s a very large number, I’ll tell you that)
You discover that most people have the expected 2.5 children. Two are running around like banshees and the half child is peacefully sleeping in the stroller.
You can feed the overly tame squirrels and birds, which happens to be one of my favorite parts. Last time I had a squirrel follow me around for half the day picking up the popcorn I’d toss. And if you happen to be on a boardwalk, you’d better guard that slice of pizza because those gulls can be rather snatchy.
And most of all you can sketch Americana at it’s finest. Just stay away from the trashcans.
The theme for Creative Tuesdays this week is Summer break. My entry is an ACEO of the squirrel that managed to eat more popcorn than I did during my last visit to the Amusement Park. Please visit goodteatoo.blogspot.com and see all the other wonderful artistic summertime fun.