I am SO sorry.  I did not mean to leave you hanging

I seriously just sometimes feel like no one listens to the random things I say and then when all of a sudden everyone wants to know what the Merry Go Round incident of 2010 is I am scrambling to recall all the details and then realize that it is not nearly as interesting as I might have implied.

(in the immortal words of Cher from Clueless)

My bad.

While hanging out at the wonderful MOA, we decided to go on the Merry Go Round.  Chad stood with Colton, Kurt with Inga, my dad with Parker while they chose and climbed onto the animal of their choice.  I was standing off to the side holding Audrey and my mom and Angie were chillin' with me. 

Chad and Colton happened to be right in front of us, and Chad says, "Beautiful wife of mine?  Would you be a dear and hand me our lovely daughter Audrey?  I do believe that she would just adore this ride and I so love to make her happy!"

What?  Dont all husbands talk like that?  Fine. He actually said, "Why dont you hand me Audrey?"

Okie dokie.

He grabbed her and the ride started and the kids started squealing in delight and slowing going up and down around and around.


The ride came to a crashing halt.  Everyone was bewildered.  People were looking around.  Was there a problem?  Did someone fall off?  Did someone puke? Moms were *frantically trying to locate their children.

*yes, I am most likely exaggerating

My sister said, "Wonder what the problem is?"

And I said, "Oh, its probably Chad.  I bet he is not supposed to have Audrey."

We looked at each other and laughed.  No way!  They wouldn't stop the ride over that!  It had to be something else.

Well it wasnt.  That was exactly why the ride was stopped.

Chad had to do the long walk of shame back to me and hand me Audrey.  The carousel worker was NOT amused.  Neither were the *47,973 other people watching the ride.

*again, slight exaggeration here

So I pretended I didnt see the disapproving glances form other moms who would never hand over their precious baby to imminent doom and waited the long three minutes until the ride was over.

And now I am *forever scarred and will never be able to ride a Merry Go Round again.

*or until next time we are at the MOA.

The End.


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Reader Comments

  1. Oh too funny! If you need a kindred spirit, my husband is ALWAYS trying to get our kids on rides that they are just a hint too young or short to actually ride. I’ve taken the walk of shame one too many times…all in the name of adventure!

  2. i love the last photo…how you helped us visualize for ourselves up until the end and then audrey is looking up like “huh? what’s the big deal?” and colton looks more afraid…i agree, silly rules…and i so would have been THAT mom, too…love your stories…i’ve missed you and need to slow down so i can keep up with you more…

  3. Oh, just leave it to Chad to ruin the fun for everybody 😉
    Unrelated, but did he get a lot of “hanging Chad” jokes back in 2000?

  4. Now you have a story to tell her about her first merry-go-round experience. 🙂 Hopefully her next ride will be better, or at least last a little longer!
    Enjoy the sunshine!

  5. Thank you, Amanda. I will sleep better tonight, now that I know the story. *grin*
    And I totally know what you mean about trying to avoid the looks of the other moms who would never do the crazy thing you just did.
    If only everyone else wasn’t perfect. LOL

  6. Oh my.. that is funny! I don’t like to ride them ever since I read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” in 8th grade.. shame on MOA. It’s a big and fun place.. couldn’t they let a little cutie have just a little fun?

  7. I can’t believe you’d allow your daughter to go on that death defying ride. Sweet mercy!
    I love you, you know that? You make me laugh so much and I just love the way you write.

  8. Ahahahaha!!! That is SO rich!
    Did you know kids can’t ride the bikes at Wal Mart that are just sitting out BEGGING for a trial run??? Ask me how I know…and how hard it was to maintain my Christian, mom-of-going-on-7, this-ain’t-my-first-rodeo composure?!?

  9. I think it’s kinda funny that everyone’s first thought was ‘did someone puke?!’.
    It seems to me the worker is supposed to check things out BEFORE he even starts the ride…at least they were erring on the side of safety and it wasn’t b/c you won the ‘pick a random parent to totally embarrass’ day!
    Great story Amanda!
    ~traci 😀

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