My family took a few days and drove to the southern tip of the state of Indiana to visit a “Theme Park”. For those of you unfamiliar with Kings’ Island, Six Flags, Cedar Point or Disney, let me introduce you to Indiana’s treasure: Holiday World.
You can get all the vital statistics about the park from other sources. I intend on illuminating the issues that matter most about the park. I will answer the questions you care about the most. For instance: What about the food? Will I feel comfortable in a swimsuit with Santa Claus standing next to me? Is it really the friendliest park? And many more.
But today we will begin with the issue that haunts me every time I slip on my swimming suit and wade into the water. Will people stare at my body? Now, I ask this question, NOT because I am a beauty worthy of gazing. In fact, my body image shifted about 35 years ago when my studying and desk work replaced my active life style and farm work. I went from a bean-pole of a guy to a guy who ate the entire bean pole and all the beans.
So slipping off my shirt and tucking in my muffin tops can be a little unnerving…until I visited Holiday World in the state that ranks 15th in the number of fat people. Some of the folks we met came from Missouri (ranking 11th) and Kentucky (currently ranked #5 in fattest people in the land). So my body image actually improved while I was paddling in the Wave Pool.
Oh, sure, there are beautiful young men and women with perfect tans strutting their slender bodies along the hot pavement, but I suspect they were all from Illinois (ranked 23rd in the nation). We all hated them.