Once we got to the fair my mother had to do something they called sterilization .my dad sat at the picnic table with me and told me not to walk around but stay still if I could ,he was smoking a lot of cigarettes and his eyes seemed funny but he smiled anyway .The fair was colorful and noisy and had games and you smelled food everywhere. And everywhere there were contests.
My father was to be at a certain tent at precisely 2pm
he kept looking at his watch...
like he either wished time would speed up or slow down..
I didn't care that much about staying still and not walking around the booths
I was to stay at the fair for a week..
a man who was handing out fliers to the fair last week had measured the slope of my head and distance between my eyes
and I was invited to be "in the fair"..as an example.
Me and my dad went to the Men's Tent so my dad could have x-rays ...
I wanted to go outside the tent but my father wanted me to see what was happening..
I stayed in the tent and watched
but I couldn't see any "ray"
my dad had to sit on a wooden chair in front of the x ray machine for 20 minutes
in his underwear