Last night we went to Clifton Mill, which is a holiday tourist attraction. It's a working grist mill, built in the 1800's, where you can get absolutely fabulous breakfast and lunch. You can tour it and also buy their pancake mixes, flour, corn meal, etc. At Christmas time, they light it up with 35 million lights all over the mill and the surrounding gorge. There's also a miniature village with lights and trains which is awesome and would take a whole post to describe. About 5 years ago, they jumped on the bandwagon and developed a light show on the covered bridge set to TSO's "Wizards in Winter". Huge tourist attraction and very, very popular.
They open at 5pm and turn the lights on at 6pm. We got up there about 5:20 in order to get a good parking spot in town, and to see the 5000+ Santa collection before it got crowded. Then we wandered around looking at the other non-lit stuff, including a room with a superb antique toy collection. With about 20 minutes left to the big turn-on, we parked our butts along the split rail fence to wait.
As we waited it out, the area became more and more crowded. Lots of families started arriving and taking places along the fence, which has the best view of the covered bridge show. Then after all the fence spots were taken, the crowd deepened - you could still see but not everything down into the gorge. After a while, I noticed a family that was behind us. They had a little boy, probably about 4 or 5 years old, who was up on Dad's shoulders. The slightly older daughter was in front of Mom, behind me. She was crying, and from I can understand, she was upset that they didn't get a spot on the fence. I couldn't hear all of their conversation but I know that was one of the things she was upset about.
But instead of asking me (who is 5'8" tall) or my DH (who is 6'8" tall) to move to allow her to get a spot on the fence, I heard the Mom tell her that she was sorry, but they didn't arrive early enough to get a good spot. I wonder if the little girl made them later than usual getting there, and Mom was just letting her know the consequences of her actions. I felt sorry for the little girl, but was very impressed with the Mom.