If you’re a longtime reader, then you might remember that 2nd photo from one of the earliest posts on this blog exactly 3 years ago. The years go by fast doesn’t it? And in that post about Coney Island I waxed nostalgic about the impending demise of Astroland, though every year the historic amusement park seemed to steal time by managing to stay open another year. But the park did close 4 months after that photo was taken and last year a new park opened in its place. I’m not a huge fan of amusement parks, but of course as a kid I thought they were the greatest things in the world. Growing up, our amusement park jam was the Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. Seemed like we’d go there every Spring for an end of the school year field trip. Great Adventure also had this promotion every opening day where you’d get in free if you presented a snowball at the ticket counter. And so, every year when there was a decent snow day, my friends and I would pack a couple of good, hard snowballs and store them in our freezers just for that occasion.
The girls haven’t really been to any other amusement parks other than the ones at Coney Island and the rides at Seattle Center, so I’m guessing that a trip to a proper, big amusement park is in our future at some point. The thought of going on any rides just makes Mark and I gag at this point, but I remember what it was like when I was a kid. I wanted to go on every rollercoaster and every twisty, upside down, ride thingy out there. Judging by the extreme squealing and uncontrollable laughter on the faces of the girls as they are whisked away in teacups and mermaid boats, it won’t be long before they will too.