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Photo taken at a carnival in Canton, GA

Two dollars will get you 12 ping-pong balls. Luck will have you walking away with a little fish named Goldie. The objective of the game is to toss the ping-pong ball into the small fish bowl. The winner walks away with a goldfish.

I gave each of my children two dollars. Twenty-four ping-pong balls later we walked away empty-handed. A few rides on the Dragon-coaster and the losing game of ping-pong ball toss was a faded memory.

I am not a big fan of traveling fairs. I am always concerned that Mr. Mullet man working the Ferris wheel does not know that right is tight and left is loose when tightening the bolts on the carriages. But when I picked up my children from school one Friday, they said to me, “Daddy, let’s do something exciting tonight.”

“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University. I would rather spend my life gathering stories than hoarding money.

What can be more adventurous than hanging upside down on the Ring of Fire after eating a bag of cotton candy? For a child, it is pure joy. For a dad hearing his two children say “this was an awesome night,” it doesn’t get much better.

“One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” Luke 12:15.



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