Normally a visit to the Wisconsin State Fair is a wonderful experience, but this year it took on an added dimension.
Due to some health issues, I rented one of those scooters that disabled people use to get around and what happened made me both tingle with joy and shake my head in surprise.
I was riding the scooter and had on my U.S. Navy / Vietnam Veterans hat.
I would say that at least a dozen and a half people came up to me as I rolled through the fair to shake my hand and say some version of "thank you for your service."
I found it surprising and wonderful at the intense expressions of patriotism that poured forth from these people.
The second thing that surprised me concerned access for the disabled.
The fair was crowded and I found it hard to get along. Getting in line for food or drink or going through doors was an adventure. Just rolling along the walkways was a dangerous task.
And I was stunned at the people who helped or showed deference. They opened doors and helped me move up in line and on one occasion even got my food for me so I didn't have to fight a crowd.
And the people who helped were the younger people. I draw the line at 40 years old. Those who were younger, including teenagers and couples with families and lovers holding hands couldn't help enough.
People who were older than 40 generally seemed unaware that I was near them or could use a little help.
It was the exact opposing of what I would have expected. An amazing experience.
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