Today was our first “field trip” since beginning this unschooling adventure all of 4 days ago. We took a 90-minute drive to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville.
Upon arrival, T immediately wanted to eat. Needless to say his appetite is back with a vengeance after 2 days off his ADHD meds. After securing sustenance, we ambled about taking in the sights. We watched a jousting match and checked out some very large birds of prey.
He wandered into a random tent and we had a very nice chat with a lady representing a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Shortly thereafter it was time for second lunch.
After that, we grabbed our seats for the juggling act. Before the juggler even began, T raised his hand as if to ask a question. The juggler called on him and T informed him that his act “would be cooler with chainsaws.” That’s my wild man/daredevil/source of my inevitable fatal heart attack.
Next we watched a living chess match and he conned me into buying him a wooden sword/shield combo which he proceeded to employ in several battles with other boys who were similarly equipped.
He was fighting side-by-side with another boy armed with a sword and dagger against a third boy. He kindly asked the boy if he’d like to use T’s shield. Said boy uttered my second favorite quote of the day (after the chainsaw comment): “I’ve got a sword and a dagger. I GOT THIS!!”
T would say the sword fighting was his favorite part of the day. Mine would be observing just how social and outgoing he is. He approached several kids and adults to strike up conversations throughout the day. My favorite ice-breaker was one said to a boy holding a stuffed bat, “Nice bat you have there!”
As a self-avowed introvert, I take special pride in his gregariousness and ability to engage people of all ages and walks of life. To a person, they almost always leave smiling after one of his quirky conversations.
He was reluctant to leave, but on the way out we ran into someone attending the faire in full Deadpool garb (T’s favorite superhero). He got to have his picture taken with him. I’ll have to print it out and frame it for him so he can hang it next to his Deadpool poster.
He fell asleep a few minutes into the ride home. What a kickass day, if exhausting. Now Daddy’s on duty and Mama gets to soak in the tub!