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The Amusement Park
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Homesick for Cedar Point, the Amazement Park, in Sandusky, Ohio ...

Image (c) 2007, Karla Dorman

Anticipation:  you could feel it, thick
and building, in the back of the station
wagon as we kids looked for signs pointing
the way.  The closer we got, the farther
away we seemed to be.  Suddenly, in
the distance --- there!  Don't you see it??  The hills
of the Blue Streak 'coaster!  Right THERE!!  Cedar
Point unfolded before our eyes in all
its glory - the Ferris wheel!  Sky Ride!  Space
Spiral!  We're here:  want to ride this and that
and --- couldn't exit the car FAST enough.
Okay, kids, settle down.  We've got all day ---
let's meet up for lunch at noon.  Go have fun.
And we did, spinning around and around,
up and down, inside out, forwards, backwards
and back again.  Met up to compare our
bravery (or lack, thereof), only to
go back for more --- I really miss those days ....

(c) 2008, Karla Dorman (5/20) 

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Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/24/2008
Vividly recalled those days of total abandonment in our youth. Weren't they the greatest? You painted the picture with such clarity, I could once again see them. JMW
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 5/22/2008
I miss those days too. What happened to them? Too much television?????? I turned mine off except for the news and occasional pbs. A couple of episodes each of the csi perversions and the reality shows were enough. I get a good carnival nostalgia fix every year going to the state fair....Jerry
Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/21/2008
Sadly, those innocent days are gone now... in this day and age I would be afraid to turn my kids loose to go and have fun at an amusement park.

Reviewed by John Leko 5/21/2008
...great give color to Karla...colors we can share with you...
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 5/20/2008
You've written so well about what we all miss as we grow older...that anticipation!
Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 5/20/2008
Those were the good ol' days. Good write
Reviewed by Axilea MU 5/20/2008
"The closer we got, the farther
away we seemed to be"
Such a universal feeling that applies to the situation described, but to many others as well.
The enthusiasm is very well expressed Karla. :-)

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/20/2008
You took me on a wonderful journey with all the thrills, spills and excitement! A day to remember always....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/20/2008
I felt like I was there ... Great write!....M
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/20/2008
I can feel the excitement,,,thanks for the ride!!!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/20/2008
I too recall going to Cedarpoint as a child. My dad lived in Ohio and he would take us each summer. For me the greatest thrill of all was speeding down the water log ride, with the water spraying up on each side and splashing all over us...the one on the front always got soaked, guess who always rode the front? Yeap, me! Loved it...hadn't thought about those trips in quite some time, thank you my friend for the trip down memory lane! Enjoyed it!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 5/20/2008
Ferris wheels and cotton candies - I only wish I were there once again!!! I can almost envision myself being there, faceful of chocolate and everything. Thank you Karla!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/20/2008
i enjoyed the memories this brings out
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/20/2008
A lovely write that reminds me of the country fair with roller coasters, fireworks, and a little of everything. Back in those days, the schools sent all children--who wanted to attend--to the county fair on school buses. Can you believe it?! We didn't have chaperones and didn't need any. We just had to be back at the bus at a certain time if we wanted to get back home. Those were wonderful days.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/20/2008
Karla thank you for sharing these memories with us, keep these coming
God Bless
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/20/2008
Ahh you bring back memories of halcyon days which we all would love to return to now and then if only we could! Well thanks to poets like you, we can;-)...

Reviewed by Tiana ~ 5/20/2008
You brought back wonderful memories for me too, Karla! As much as I loved the rides as a kid, I feel sorry for the person I ride with as an adult! Don't you dare move to rock the seat on the ferris wheel! Don't even blink or breathe! lol ;) Wonderful poem that I truly enjoyed ... hugs - T
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/20/2008
We in NJ area went to the Wildwood boardwalk, specifically for Hunts pier, as a kid I could have lived on that pier, walking through the ghost Pirate ship or riding the enclosed roller coaster called the Golden nugget mine ride...Ah, thanks for the memories, Karla (by the way, we got rain AGAIN, see what you can do about it will ya, LOL?)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/20/2008
I've driven by Cedar Point many times, but I'll leave the roller coaster ridin to others. Why should I pay 'em to puke, when I can do that, for free!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/20/2008
Yes, Flagstaff Amusement park, that rollercoaster got me once, twice? no way Josť...
But, what a bunch of memories...

Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 5/20/2008
Great nostalgic write. Cedar Point was always a much-anticipated destination for many of my friends growing up here in northwest PA. Somehow, though, I never siezed the opportunity to go along!
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/20/2008
good memory bringer backer....

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/20/2008
Wonderful memories here, Karla; I too miss Cedar Point, not to mention, Ohio! Very well penned, and I love the pic! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/20/2008
Excellent, Karla. We all miss those days.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 5/20/2008
Me too, Karla! I still love the carnivals,
though some of those rides are a little much lol
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/20/2008
What memories you brought back with this and what excitement. Loved it, Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Charlie 5/20/2008
That sounds like so much fun... I had a college roommate from Sandusky. She worked at that amusement park. It's a small world. --Charlie
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors 5/20/2008
Ah! The good old days of summer at the amusement park, daring one another to let go on the roller coaster! Hands in the air! Now the loops give me vertigo, and I have to go on the kiddie rides. a fun memory, Karla. Eileen

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