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My Spanish Dress And The Spanish Fair

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At eleven o'clock I am wishing my shoes did not have hobnails in them as I noisily tread down the tranquil street lined with four-o-clocks and horse stables. I try unsuccessfully to not let my footfalls disturb this peaceful night. Silently, I curse myself for deciding to wear this heavy Spanish dress loudly swishing at my ankles. Agitated, I tug at my hair and red shawl. At the comer a rainbow of people spreads out before me. The appetizing aromas of warm bread, seafood, and sherry surge over me and instill a craving. Vibrant colors reflect from the resplendent dresses my friends wear. We greet each other with two kisses and saunter under an arch of lights to the Spanish Fair, la Feria.

From the left, screams of delight ascend from the rides on the other side of the Feria. We continue strolling on the gritty dirt road lined with stucco buildings called casetas. From these buildings drift a stifled blend of music and laughter. Families assemble together while eating and telling stories. Children and teenagers are captivated, as their fathers and grandfathers relate (with exaggerated hand gestures) funny stories and old tales. Most men don riding attire: vests, riding boots, chaps, and black wide-brimmed hats. A few women are dressed traditionally as well, in long skirts, riding boots, and amazona jackets. Many more women wear Sevillana dresses like ours. Some even wear the exquisitely hand-embroidered silk shawls called mantones. These dresses have a Gypsy style, heavy with lace and fabric. We all have the same type of shoes although some are more broken in than others. My shoes are new and the stubborn leather constricts my feet. The hobnails, used as taps, make slight clicking sounds on the and dirt underfoot.

We enter a large caseta that appears to be two stories. Inside, it becomes an immense open air dance floor encircled by tables. We succumb to the overpowering aromas and order plates of fried squid, olives, bread, and bottles of sherry. We voraciously stuff our mouths as I scan my surroundings. Children, dressed exactly like their parents, chase each other while eating sunflower seeds. Even when the children's delighted voices reach an ear-splintering crescendo no one reprimands them. The moist air seethes with joy and elation.. The crowd's liveliness suggests to me that these people have never known sorrow. No one appears upset. Everyone smiles, some with tears of joy or laughter. I remember how I...

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