It all started two months ago as the weather cooled my darling daughters said... "Must be time for the EKKA soon mum" ( (see here for my awesome EKKA travelblog) "OH" shock horror dread of enduring another trip to the Fair...
Today at mothers group we were chatting about it and I was the only one defending indignantly about attending!! Now you see many people say it is
too expensive (it is)
Showground food ewwww (it is)
dirty (it is)
waste of time (it is)
overtired crazy kids (yep)
and the other ladies were from families that just never went... (I have had this discussion with my sis in law - she doesn't see the attraction, yet my brother does - she said it is something in your blood!!!) so all this leads me to... why did I have warm fuzzy feelings about the EKKA yet none of the other mums did??
It comes back to family traditions... I am learning now that what makes an awesome tradition for one family is gagged on by another family... and that it doesn't matter what the tradition is (hopefully righteous ones ;)if it is done long enough warm fuzzy feelings will be associated with it... Now praise to my mother who dragged us all along every year by herself (occasionally with dad/nanna) and we even sometimes bought friends - Power to her... I am not that brave... I have relied on her and my nanna for me to drag along my kids... but I am starting to see a pattern
MY KIDS THINK THE EKKA IS ONE OF OUR FAMILY TRADITIONS!!!!!
Oh no... what do I do?? I don't think I can deny them, so it looks as if I am off to the stinky, overpriced, showground food, cranky children EKKA in August!!! So good luck to me ??? Since it is fairly expensive I have the kids on do a job around the house - colour in a square thingy so they can earn "virtual" dollars up to $100.
So if you are still with me, this has lead me to ponder on family traditions - so I can know which traditions we have, want to get rid of, want more of and how to instill these lovely warm fuzzy feelings into my children so they can look back with fond feelings what they did as children.
Tell me of your family traditions and I will be doing some follow up posts on Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, and Miscellaneous Traditions that we could all incorporate into our lives..
Long live the EKKA!!!!! lol