One of my uncles raced trotters each year. Trotters are horses harnessed for racing - and I had dreams of caring for Uncle Tony's horses at a nearby barn where he kept them. I enjoyed walking through the animal exhibits, wondering in amazement at the handmade textiles - quilts, blankets, and shawls - and sampling the blue-ribbon jams, and pies!
I looked forward to riding the most popular rides on the fairway each year. My neighbor and best friend at the time, Twyla Williams, got me interested in the stock car races. Our houses were adjacent to the fairgrounds so at night we could hear the racing engines and enthusiastic crowds; we lay quilts on the grass in the yard to watch firework displays.
Strengthening this area is one key to closing gaps in proficiency for English language learners.