Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's not Fall without the Festival

Nestled among these hills and hollers that I call home, live people and places that feel as much a part of me as my own heart.  Each Fall a festival is thrown that brings us together and celebrates people, art, dancing, music and food.  Oh the kettle corn that is consumed by my family during this weekend.
My girls have clogged for nearly seven years and each year at this time I sit in the Festival Barn with giddy anticipation of seeing them tap their toes on that stage.  My grin is a mile wide and my whoo-hoos are loud enough to embarrass them both.  I sit on those scratchy hay bales and tell everyone around me that those are my girls.

And when the crowd jumps to their feet in rousing applause at the end of each dance, I've got tears in my eyes.  Both for my amazing daughters...

And for the community in which I live.

-dana

13 comments:

Linda R said...

I can "feel' your PROUDNESS in your words. Thanks for sharing your special Family time with us. Tell your girls to keep it up...they look so Beautiful on stage.

diane said...

I'd love to come to that festival and see the girls clog. a beautiful post, as always

Jackie said...

Festivals are fun. Looks like a good time.

Kim said...

Another Autumn, another trip around the calendar, your girls are growing up and each year brings new changes.
So much to be grateful for wouldn't you say? I hope you have a video of the dancing to share, I love those the best.

Happy Sewing

Alice said...

I second the video request. They are getting all grown up! We have two festivals coming up. I will be working at both at the Humane Society booth. With hopes of sneaking away to see Sawyer Brown.

DebbyMc said...

Beautiful. I'm pushing the envy button just a little...=-) Wishing you a lovely, lovely autumn, Dana!

PMookie said...

I love reading your blog.

You can say more in ten words than others say in a blog posting of 1,000 words.

Your writing touches the heart.

Thank you.

Kelly said...

You are such a good mom! I love the way you write about your family. It's so honest and beautiful.

Claire said...

I'm going to have to stop reading your blog before I go to work - you make my eyes wet. It sounds like you live in an amazing part of the world with a real sense of community spirit, I envy that. Your girls are lucky to have such a loving mother.

Beth said...

What a beautiful location for a fall fest. I love watching clogging. I can relate toteh tears and the pride. Year for your beautiful girls.
My youngest was in a group that sang and did some simple 'dance' moves. They performed at Nursing homes all around our area. Every show I had the same tears in my eyes.
Enjoy every minute, every event.

Lee D said...

its always great to see our girls on stage performing what they love to do, makes our hearts swell!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I'd love to come to that Festival sometime!

Ginny said...

So special, being family and part of a bigger family - community. Looks wonderful!