Growing up, my parents were divorced. My dad never had a girlfriend or dated, my mom on the other hand, had and still has the same boyfriend. His name is Brad, and being the guy that took my dads place, it was hard to like him. Especially since he was a “Carny” and took my mom from us nearly every weekend. My younger siblings and I made fun of him to no end. We told our friends that he was your typically carny, short, has rat-like features and smelled like sausage. Although, he didn’t.
Its a few years later and I’ve done some growing up and I realize how good he is to not only my mom but to us kids as well. He asked me to come travel with him while school was out and experience the Carny life first hand. First off, I had it all wrong. He was not a “Carney”. He did not run the rides and he did not live in trailer bunks. I realized he ran his own business and actually made a lot of money. He was a “Food Vendor” and didnt just work carnivals. Over the summer, I had the pleasure of working concerts, bike rallys, rodeos and state fairs and had a blast doing it. Along with making way better money than I do serving back home.
I have a new found respect for the “Carny life” and will proudly work for him any time.