Dateline: St. Julia Church, Siler City, NC
Midday, September 25, 2011 A.D. found Karen and me entertaining the throngs (of children of all ages) attending the festive festivities just this side (easterly, that is) of Siler City, NC; in the round-a-bout driveway encircling the fine edifice of St. Julia Catholic Church.
The line for twisted balloons was never short; the activity over by the Hoola Hoops was ceaseless. There was an assortment of inflated jump around structures, and a fun looking mechanical bull ride. I had no opportunity to partake but am sure that those that did had a grand time doing so.
I replenished stocks of both Duke and Carolina blue twisty balloons, as well as red and not quite red (pimk, I thimk); and downed the requisite amount of chilled water to keep the Ice Water Fairy happy. She flutters by and admonishes me when I don’t show progress on emptying the bottle.
Many smiles were created by my efforts, I do believe, and many a chuckle, a guffaw or two and a higher than average amount of giggles were also heard from the assembled multitude. I had an opportunity to practice my limited knowledge of Spanish, and was delighted by the bi-lingual skills of so many youngsters.
After we ended the line and packed up the hoops, we were graciously treated to some very delicious food from El Salvador, compliments of the festival folks. We were tired, happy and grateful for the kindness and sustenance.
We look forward to continuing to be part of the excellent annual Saint Julia Fall Festival just this side of Siler City, and wish all we met “Hasta la vista!” until next year!
Thank you very much, muchas gracias.