You know, my DD does not often act like a kid. She can't really simply let go of her anxiety and control and relax. I must say, she did last night (to a point...but big for her). We attended the bull riding competition and she was silly. She danced to the music and cheered loudly for the bull riders. She was paying attention to things that kids pay attention to - the men on horses, the fireworks...and actually enjoying them! It was a really lovely thing to see. She sat on my lap willingly in between events and told me once (totally spontaneous) "I'm having fun and I love you mom"
It was so worth the price of admission!