I think Aidan was under the impression that the carnival in the park across the street would stay forever. He and Steven had a great time Friday night riding the rides and looking at all the people and lights. They didnâ€™t want to go home. After church yesterday I found Aidan staring out his bedroom window with a long look on his face as he watched the carnies dismantle the rides.
Aidan: Why are they breaking it?
Me: There taking them down so boys in other towns can ride them.
Aidan (voice full of hope): Maybe theyâ€™re making it bigger!
Me: No, theyâ€™re packing them up. Theyâ€™ll be back next year.
Aidan: Next year?
Me: Yeah, next summer. Theyâ€™ll come back and we can ride on them again.
Aidan: Why canâ€™t they stay for this summer?
Me (quoting from Madeline and the Gypsies â€“ one of Aidanâ€™s favorite books): Gypsies do not like to stay. They only come to go away.
Aidan: But theyâ€™re coming back, right?
Me: Yes. Next year.
Aidan (smiles): Okay. Letâ€™s go read books Daddy!
[Aidan takes my hand and walks me to the bookshelves where we spend the next 30 minutes reading.]