Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Burning Issues 

Oops. Sorry, that title is a typo -- what I meant was "Burning Tissues" since at last night's bonfires, when the wood runs low or more kindling is needed, the kids are ready to burn anything, including my tissues. This is the holiday of Lag B'Omer, a strange little holiday of bonfires and marshmallows whose existence might even be a complete typographical error itself. But the kids love it so much we soldier on anyway.

It was fun for our kids this year because it was the first time they really turned into social butterflies, each one flitting about the various fires with their own circle of friends, instead of just tagging along in a family unit with Ema and Abba. Of course they were carefully supervised in these new groupings because butterfly wings are still flammable.

Now today is our annual visit to the Superland amusement park. Sharon's company rents out the entire Superland and installs all-you-can-eat cotton candy stations throughtout the park. Yes, this is our kids' favorite day of the year. Bonfires and roasted marshmallows and vomit-inducing thrill rides and truckloads of cotton candy -- it doesn't get any better than that!

And don't worry, I didn't let anyone burn my tissues. A man's gotta sneeze into something.

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