Coincidentally, as I was doing this blog entry, I got a call from the corn maze owner, who has been reading my blog since I called her the other day to ask permission to come and observe the TLC filming. She was a little shell-shocked from the filming experience and wanted to ask questions and talk about it. We talked for about ten minutes and most of our conversation will remain confidential but I asked her permission to further clarify here that my presense at the maze had not caused any problems. She laughed at the idea of my being there being termed "stalking" and we had a good talk about several things related to Saturday's events, what she observed about the children's experience, and the Gosselin situation in general. She asked how all this could effect her and I assured her that only good things could come to her and her corn maze as a result of Saturday's activities. She is a very nice woman, the kind of neighbor that makes western Berks County such a great place to live and raise children.
I am going to take heat for some of the pictures below that have the kids in them since my readers know I have a policy against publishing pictures of the children. Please note I have not posted pictures in which you can identify any of the children. The pictures posted show you what it was like for the children to be there without showing their faces or who they are as individuals.
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As I was navigating the corn maze I realized the Gosselins had arrived. I continued through the maze and the TLC crew and family plus Steve came to the area I was walking through.
Stay in the paths! Don't cut through the corn! Who can tell me if sunflowers are edible? No eye contact from me! Wait for me! I can't keep up, but I look fantastic!
Let's see, how can we make this scene look spontaneous?
Quick, kids, make some happy playing noises.
Mommy, didn't you just say to not cut through the corn?
TLC guy playing.
What are we doing? Are we doing the maze? Are we chasing the camera crew? Is the camera crew our friends? Can't we have friends our own ages like other boys and girls? How come Mommy isn't happy? Are we having fun yet?
Mommy, can we go up on that cool bridge? Why not, Mommy? The other people get to go up there. I want to see the corn fields. Why do we have to leave now?
Mommy, what about the horse and carriage rides, fun corn hut, pretty ducks, bonfires, marshmallows and hot dogs? Those other kids look like they're having so much fun, can't we have fun too? Oh well...since we can't stay and play can we please just go home and play like normal kids?