Mrs. Green looked forward to the county fair every year. Mr. Green looked forward to it as well, but for different reasons.
Every year they had the same plan. They walked down the long gravel road, past the tractors and to the barns. They saw all the animals, the prize winning cows, the baby piglets, and the sheep. Then they circled around to the fresh lemonade stand, and the funnel cake trailer. Mr. Green spent the entire time with one eye on the Ferris wheel, and the other on the swings. Mr. Green loved the rides. Mrs. Green loved the people.
Everyone was at the fair, and it seemed to Mr. Green that Mrs. Green knew everyone. Mr. Green was patient when Mrs. Green talked to someone she used to know. Mr. Green was patient when Mrs. Green talked to someone she wanted to know. Mr. Green was patient when Mrs. Green talked to someone she did know. Oh, it wasn’t that Mr. Green was not talkative, friendly, and social. Mr. Green just used up all of his words much faster than Mrs. Green did. He waited and he tried to join in on the conversations. He tried to be attentive. He tried to look interested. However, in the back of his mind, all Mr. Green could think about was the flashing lights, and the spinning rides.
It happened the same way every year. About a half an hour before the fair closed Mrs. Green realized what time it was and rushed Mr. Green from ride to ride. Mr. Green loved this sudden rush of excitement and he loved to be loud on the rides. It was the only time Mr. Green felt like being loud, and he took advantage of it.
In those last few minutes before the fair closes down for the week, if you were to see two adults rushing from ride to ride, and if you were to hear two adults whooping, and hollering, in exhilaration, as they were spinning around, and around, and up, and down, you would know, without a doubt, you saw the Greens.
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