Last weekend was our annual visit to Allentown, Pennsylvania – I love the fairgrounds and the farmer’s market, and our booth rocked all day on Saturday (which almost offset the frustration of not getting a signal for our credit card machines – from a processing company based in, of all places, Allentown, Pennsylvania).
But my story of the weekend came from Sunday, when the pace was a little slower and I could pay more attention to what was going on at the demo table . . .
About an hour after the show opened, I noticed that four children had taken up residence at our “self-serve” demo table – they started out using the Wink of Stella Markers and Gelatos, and moved on to making backgrounds with Gel Press. They were perfectly behaved and did a pretty good job of cleaning up after themselves (I helped a little after they left) – the only time I heard them was when their mom was announced as the winner of a door prize, and they cheered for her when they spotted her a couple of booths down the aisle. As they left, one of the kids came up to me and asked for a bag for his creation – it was still wet and he didn’t want to smudge it. I was happy to oblige.
About an hour later, I looked up and they were back – joined another customer trying out the demos and went back to work.
As they finished, this young man came to the register to show me what he had made – and to ask for a bag to carry his creations.
A little later, I spotted this adorable young lady and her dad working on a project while Mom was busy shopping in the booth. I snapped this picture, knowing it would be a highlight of my day.
Just before the giveaway, a little over an hour before the show ended, those kids came back. Same story – sat down at the demo table and went to work. I was beginning to feel a bit like a babysitter. As I was trying to get through the last few customers so they had tickets for the drawing, I noticed that all four kids were standing in line. I knew what was coming next – all four of them want bags. And I pretty much made up my mind that they could use the bags I had already given them.
Then they got to the front of the line and did this . . . and my heart melted (and I felt like a heel for the thoughts that had been running through my head).
I am very thankful for five kids who crossed my path at a show – and parents who are obviously raising them well.