Monday, September 28, 2009
Blessed Autumn :: At The Fair
Though this year's fair was a bit different for us, not having Alex along, we were in the company of friends and surrounded by good people, all celebrating autumn's abundance in Maine. The kids formed their usual posse at various times, adding friends here and there as families came and went. Each year the kids grow in their independence and desire to be out and on their own, something we welcome, but something we found ourselves mindful of when faced with our in-between children, too big for the children's area, too young to completely on their own for the day. My kids found themselves feeling somewhat adrift, searching for their new, unknown places in the fair culture. And there I was, trying to observe and not observe, to let them be and in the end, games were played, much running was done, memories were made. It's a fascinating thing to watch these transistions that our children must endure, to watch them grow. And I'm grateful each year, that at the fair, this common ground, becomes that perfect place for holding our children, nurturing their spirits, allowing them to adventure in safety, for allowing them to be their whole selves.