So said my wife in her positive description to me of her enjoyment of the Folsom Rodeo, which we attended tonight with our children and my wife's sister's family.
We sat in the stands and enjoyed the experience of being surrounded by several thousand happy, enthusiastic, polite, patriotic spectators. These thousands of spectators were treated to a night of witty banter between the announcer and the head clown; a mass Army enlistment ceremony on the floor of the arena; a parachutist landing on the floor of the arena with a giant U.S. flag hanging from his leg, and then the flag being held by a large group of volunteers while a family sang the National Anthem in a three part harmony. Notice all this excitement, and I haven't even mentioned any of the actual rodeo events yet!
Then there was the calf lassoing, steer wrestling, bronco busting, 5-6 year old mutton bustin', barrel racing, and - my favorite - bull riding.
My wife and I just sat in amazement at thousands of people having a good time in a safe environment that made for a wonderful time for our 6 year-old daughter and 8 year-old son.
I wish that this experience tonight was the rule for how our country could be, rather than the exception.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson