Inside the Mind of Isadora

Carnival Horror


Adults held children while running and screaming in all directions. 

 Horror on their faces signaled an unmistakable accident.

Uniformed fair staff and guards gathered everyone to safe zones.

A day of carnival treats and rides; now, the scene of a devastating tragedy.

Shock and terror paralyzed me. 

I declined Monica’s request that morning to escort her son, my daughter’s friend, to the fair. With six kids to monitor, I couldn’t manage any more.

A round-a-bout chair ride suddenly stopped causing the chain to sever her sons’ leg. My heart broke when I discovered it was Ryan who was injured. Despite many, many surgeries, he never was the same again.

Amusement parks were off our activities list from that day forward.

2021©Isadora De La Vega


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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

21 thoughts on “Carnival Horror

  1. I recall a ride called Shock Wave at Six Flags was closed due to injury.

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  2. Scary!!! Sad!
    We are living through times, that are like this carnival.

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  3. Oh no, what a sad story. I can understand why you never went to fairs again with children, but whatever you do, however protective you are, accidents happen. I hope the young man found value in life.


    • Accicdents do happen so we have to accept them when they do.
      I did take my children to amusement parks – ie: Disney or Six Flags, etc. –
      but never to a local fair. I felt those other places had better inspections of the rides.
      There is no way of knowing. We do what we can to protect our children. Yes, it was an extreme tragedy. Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Isadora 😎


  4. Your story was riveting and from the comments I see this is a true event
    And you know isadora – we take so much for granted – driving cars (lethal weapons) and other everyday things could have accidents – but it breaks my heart when it is an amusement park malfunction – and hope that boy – now an adult I assume – found his way in life successfully In spite of that setback
    I know some folks who have no injured legs and big bank accounts but they are empty and shallow – and so I hope he found richness in living

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    • Yes, indeed, we do take so many things for granted. I think COVID has shown us the value of enjoying and appreciating family while we can. We need to pracice the joy of having our loved ones close while allowing them to mature into responsilble adults.
      I wish I knew what happened to the young man. Yes, he would be about 50 now. My daughter left for college at the end of the school year so she never saw him again. They weren’t friends but friends of a friend but they all enjoyed each other’s company. One can only pray he overcame his adversity. Thank you for your wonderful comment. Have a GREAT week … Isadora 😎

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  5. The speaks of a true story. If so, my heart bleeds for you. If not… then for someone it’s sure to be true. Accidents do happen. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  6. The thing is, Isadora, is that it is so easy for such things to happen.

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    • With all 3 of my girls bringing a friend, it was difficult to add another. The responsibility was too much. When this occurred I had a tremendous fright. I can’t even imagine how I would have felt if he was in my care.
      Thanks, Tom. Yes, these things can happen in the blink of an eye. Happy Halloween 🎃

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  7. So horrible for this young boy. Hope he recovers soon.

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  8. A very sad story Isadora … . I’ve never been a fan of those fair rides …

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