Of recent, I have learned a great deal about "family," that is to say, those that love you unconditionally and stand by you through thick and thin. I used to think one's biological family was the only source you could genuinely trust to provide such support. Sure, I knew friends were loyal, had a way of making life richer and more diverse; however, my former view was ones family of origin was the most dependable place to find such faithful supporters.
As is often the case, I have learned something new, and that is, it has nothing to do with the genetic biology, rather, it is the heart that creates ones family. I am a very blessed woman in that I have a tremendous family that expands and grows every time I allow my heart to trust ... to genuinely stay open! I must admit i have not always allowed my heart such freedom. Gratefully, that is no longer true!
Perhaps now is a good time for those reading these words to consider the tremendous gift each of you have with the abundantly rich "family" that holds your heart next to theirs. I find this realization one of the best gifts ever!
Yep, it is time for the annual event that brings everyone out of their home and into the crowds of people who reside in their community. It might just be the one time all year you see many “old” friends, eat piggishly unhealthy food, and in the Midwest anyway, speak your best country slang! The Fair certainly offers a time to step back into one’s childhood and remember the carefree simple ways of the lazy days of summer. It is a time that offers one the opportunity to reconnect to community and see what their neighbors did while shut in during the wintry months.
It is a time to check out the handiwork of local artist, admire the lost art of sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting and see first hand how a pig, a sheep, and other farm yard animals can be of such importance to a young person. And one certainly cannot over look the jellies, jams, pickles, relishes and other homemade goodies prepared from the “fruits” of someone’s garden. Ah, the pride visible on the faces of those that receive the blue ribbon!
And then, of course, there is the pig-wrestling contest, steer roping, dirt bike racing, kick butt car crashing experience. Oh, and the carnie rides, how can one ever forget the wrist band day that allows one to ride every thrill seeking ride present, all while stuffing oneself with elephant ears, snow cone, salt water taffy and the proverbial cotton candy! It is truly a memorable experience! Actually, that is not correct, it is an American rite of passage!
So grab your best friend, put on your favorite blue jeans, boots and hat and get ready to experience or re-experience an American tradition. Your heart will be very grateful you did! See you at the Fair!
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!