It was time for the Carnival. All were excited. Spring was in the air and everyone was eager to get out for a night of fun.
Miss.Jane sensed the excitement in her students today, so she had given them the night off. No homework was sent home. She was looking forward to the carnival too, dreaming of riding the Ferris wheel with her sweetheart. Riding a Ferris wheel may be a simple pleasure, but when shared with someone you love it made all the more enjoyable.
She was thinking back to their very first date, and smiling as she walked out the door for a brisk walk before it was time for the carnival.
“Good Afternoon, Miss.Jane, how are you today?” the postman said as he passed her on the sidewalk.
“I am feeling fine, planning to go to the carnival tonight, how about you?”
“Yes, my children are looking forward to it. They always bring home 2 new goldfish when the carnival is in town. They also love the dunk tank!”
Miss.Jane chuckled, “Yes, that is the most popular booth every year. It is fun to watch. I believe that water is pretty cold from what I hear.”
The postman laughed, “I think you are right about that! Well I have mail to finish delivering so I best be on my way, goodbye Miss.Jane.” the postman tipped his hat at her and went on his way.
“I think we are officially lost!”
“Are you sure? We can’t be, I was giving you directions right from this map.”
The driver pulled the car over on the side of the road. “Here let me see the map.”
His friend handed it over to him and he rolled his eyes when he got it. “The map is upside down! You were reading it upside down!”
“Well I was just following the blue line,” his friend sputtered out.
“Oh the blue line that just happens to be a lake? That one?”
His friend got silent as his cheeks flushed.
After a few moments he spoke up and said, “Well you don’t have much room to speak. Should I remind you of why we ran out for gas a couple hours ago, making us wait a couple hours for someone to come help us? Its a good thing we didn’t have a boat to catch this time!”
They both were silent for awhile and then realized that they were hungry so decided to see if they could find a restaurant. They drove into town and soon saw a sign for a diner straight ahead.
The diner was called ” The Jolly Apple” . They had apple pancakes, apple pie, apple cobbler, fried apples, applesauce,and more. It was apples galore!
The 2 men sat at the table trying to decide what they wanted. One was sipping at the hot tea that Sally the waitress had brought and his friend was drinking some ice cold water. He found water the most refreshing, though it didn’t taste as good as tea or coffee.
When Sally came to take their orders she asked what brought them to the little town.
Neither man spoke, both waiting for the other to speak.
“Well actually we are looking for the town of “Wholesville”, would you happen to know where that is?”
Sally got a big grin on her face. ” I sure do, been there quite a bit, let me write down some directions for you. I’ll be right back.”
The one friend turned to his buddy and said, ” Think you can read her directions, I suspect they will be written in English, so perhaps easier to read then a upside down map??”
His buddy just mumbled a response as Sally was walking towards them.
“Here you go. If you aren’t in a rush, we are having a carnival tonight that you might enjoy.”
The 2 men looked at each other and said, ” Sure, sounds like fun!
“Great! Would you mind if I asked you a small favor?”
“No problem, always glad to help if we can!”
Sally smiled and said,” I am in charge each year of getting the carnival together and there is one very popular booth that the children love every year. Sadly this year the 2 people who usually are in the booth are very sick and won’t be able to be there tonight. Would you mind taking their place?”
“Not at all. What is it that we need to do?”
“Oh its very easy, really all you have to do is sit there.” Sally said with a twinkle in her eye.
The 2 men looked at each other and chuckled, ” Well we surely can handle something as simple as that,” the one said. ” My friend here can get confused if its anything too complex.” he laughed.
Sally laughed and assured them it was very easy. ” I will meet you at the carnival grounds at 6pm, Thank you so much, the children will be so happy! Since you are helping out tonight there will be no bill for your meal, its on the house.”
“Thank you very much! Will see you at 6. ” they said in unison, and tipped their hats as they walked out the door.
It wasn’t too long until it was close to 6pm. They had just been wandering around the town looking at the different stores. They really liked the music store, found some CD’s by a well known Italian rocker.
When walking towards the carnival grounds, they wondered to each other if they should have asked more about this booth that they were supposed to be in. Seemed like there had to be more to do than just sit there.
“Guess we will find out soon, ” the one man said to his friend.
“I am getting really curious,” his friend replied.
“Oh there is the tent that Sally said to look for. She said to look for the rainbow colored tent. ” and they headed towards it.
Sally came out to greet them. “Thanks again for helping out!” She turned her head and yelled, ” Charlie, the guys for the dunk tank are here!”
Sally laughed as she looked at the shock on the guys faces.
“You really don’t mind, do you? Its for the children!”
They looked at each other, how had they got themselves into this! With a deep breath they smiled and said, ” Sure! Why not, we do enjoy bringing smiles.”
“You are such great sports and I will gladly send some fresh food along with you afterwards for your trip to the town of Wholesville.
Soon they were changed into their wet suits and the one was sitting on the swing, waiting for the ball to be thrown. His buddy was standing behind him waiting for his turn on the swing. He gulped as he saw the very long line of children waiting for their turn.
They had agreed to change places every 15 minutes and that line surely wasn’t going to be done in 15 minutes unfortunately. Next time he was going to be the one reading the map, they could be in Wholesville right now.
A cheer rose from the children, the ball had hit his mark and his buddy went down! The children’s faces had big smiles on them.
The guys had to smile, for they were spreading smiles around and that was always a good thing, right!