Friday, September 26, 2008

Oh behold the Fall Festival at Eagle Crest Elementary.

Tonight, Berlin's school held its annual Fall Festival - a carnival complete with bounce houses, food, games, dancing, various booths and of course, a cake walk. After we made the rounds, we decided to conclude our Fall Festival festivities with this time-honored festival affair. Now, for those of you who aren't familiar with the cake walk, it's very simple. Numbers are placed on the floor in a large circular pattern. Each child begins by standing on a number. When the music starts, they all begin walking from number to number in clockwise fashion. When the music stops, they stop. Then, a number is drawn from a hat and whoever is left standing on that number wins their choice of a cake.

Pretty simple, right? Seems like a great game for really small children, right? Makes sense that said game would be at the Fall Festival in an elementary school, right?

Then you can imagine my confusion as I watched my four-year-old daughter and about 15 other preschoolers walk from number to number alongside a much older, much huskier, much tank toppier, much raspier, much stretch pantier, much louder, much hungrier woman.

At first I thought, "Oh, she's just helping out with the children. But after six rounds with no wins, it was very apparent that she was, in fact, a full fledged contestant and steadfast on getting her a darn cake! As she yelled back and forth to her husband (who, incidentally had a billowy gray beard, coveralls and really bad breath), a very palpable sense of discomfort loomed over the other parents in the room. It would be safe to say there was an elephant in the room (seriously, I swear the pun is not intended).

Unfortunately, after several attempts, Berlin wasn't able to win a cake. But she was a great sport. More importantly, a great life lesson was learned by all.

If you're a rotund woman in your 40's, you might want to sit out the cake walk.


Blogger More Caffiene, Please said...

That is awesome.

Cake walks gross me out. Who wants to eat a cake that you have no idea about the circumstances of whence it was created. Gross kitchens. Licked fingers. Hair.

Consider Berlin a winner that she didn't win!

8:13 PM

Blogger Hailey Happens said...

I agree about the husband with bad breath! Nasty!

8:37 PM

Blogger Ellie's Mama said...

Too. Funny.

I guess this is what I have to look forward to in a couple of years when Ellie starts the big Pre-K...

8:13 AM

Blogger Blue said...

"If you're a rotund woman in your 40's, you might want to sit out the cake walk."

Duly noted (as I'm flirting with forty, I greatly appreciate the advice.)

2:23 PM

Blogger ~j. said...

much stretch pantier


5:47 AM

Blogger oh snap said...

That is the dirtiest scowl I've seen in a while. Truly awesome.

2:56 PM


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