My daughter was in town over the weekend. Since it was Father's Day we got to talking about our Mother's Day versus Father's Day plans every year. That moved us on to Wonderland since we always knew we would spend Mother's Day at Wonderland Park.

Oh and Wonderland Park brought back so many memories for her. A lot of them were fun. She would go there with me. She would go with friends. She would ride all of the rides. Well except for one. She rode it as a young child and has refused to go on it since.

She is not afraid of the Texas Tornado. Not at all she is a thrill seeker. Well for any ride but one. I literally scared my child and scarred her for life. Since she loved any ride I took her on I never imagined the one ride that would do her in was the Fantastic Journey. I mean I rode that thing many of times. I mean since my days at Canyon Junior High we went and rode that ride. It is quite tame. I never thought she would leave it screaming and crying. I felt so bad. I really did.

She was good until the very end when the bus was just there with that loud blaring horn. I don't even know if that is part of it anymore. So ever since that day she would not ride a scary ride. No haunted houses at Halloween time. Nope she is over it. She wouldn't do the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

I know the Fantastic Journey has this disclaimer at the beginning.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

So I knew it could potentially freak her out. I thought this is the girl who isn't afraid of anything. I thought no way. I was SO wrong. I mean even to this day I feel so bad that I did that to her.
Can you imagine how bad I felt when she got to high school and all of her friends made plans to go to haunted houses? She refused to ever go with them. She loves all the scary movies you want but that one time on the Fantastic Journey kept her from ever doing a haunted house. Ever!

Still to this day she reminds me of how that one moment I was the "meanest mom ever." When in all actuality I had NO idea that would be the outcome. Yes, I feel bad but I think when she has kids and they want to ride that ride I feel she will be ready to face her fears.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.


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