I am big on childish fun. I live for it, so when I got the chance to visit the local amusement park recently, I jumped on it. Who doesn’t need a little fun and amusement every once in a while?
My daughter still allows me to accompany her to places such as this and amazingly at 14, she doesn’t seem as embarrassed by my presence as she should be. Maybe this is because I am a totally hip and happening middle-aged woman who is a laugh a minute and loads of fun to hang out with? Could it be that she is a kind soul who takes pity on her poor fun-starved mother…maybe it’s because I’m springing for junky carnival food and deluxe ride braclets?
Oaks Amusement Park is a quaint old-fashioned little park nestled among the trees in Sellwood, minutes from downtown Portland Oregon. Built in 1905 its sign proudly proclaims: “This is the place where the fun never ends…..”
This is the place for me!
Our fun started with greasy super bad for you corn dogs, loaded with fat and cholesterol and smothered with happy yellow mustard, accompanied by a nice tall cola, bubbling over with corn syrupy goodness. We sat in the sun and slurped up our unhealthy booty in silence. Aspie style, enjoying each others presence but not needing a lot of words.
After having our fill we did a short walkabout around the park. Mentally mapping out our itinerary.
We decided since we had just eaten all that junky food we should immediately go on The Spider; a ride that takes you way up in the air and spins you around.
This perhaps may not have been the smartest move…I realised this when we were dangling on top of the ride suspended in mid-air and all I could hear was blood curdling screaming: My daughter kept repeating over and over “It’s okay Mother, (she calls me Mother to annoy me) stop screaming. You are making my brain hurt.” And her brain did hurt and so did mine for the entire ride…
And then we were off to something a bit more my speed so I could relax and get my bearings before the next round.
I clung to that wooden horse for dear life and thanked my lucky stars that I was back on the ground…it was at this point I began to doubt my capacity for “amusement”. I felt queasy and I looked around for the next exit…and then I saw my daughter’s face beaming brightly in the hot afternoon sun and I realised what I knew already; I’d brave anything for her and no silly fears of mine would get in the way of our good time.
Then it was time for my daughter’s very favorite: The Scrambler. This is a popular ride and we had a wait a bit but it was well worth it.
We continued our fun throughout the afternoon, eating more junk ( Cotton candy and ice cream) and riding the rides. All and all it was a successful run and we are planning a return visit. Maybe next time I will brave the aptly named Screaming Eagle…and then again….???
Have an amusing day!
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