The Common Ground Country Fair has come to a close, and I've heard that the first frost has arrived at home. Autumn is upon us! I've been at the fair for a few days now with the Taproot team, busy with our booth at the fair. We met so many amazing people this weekend who came by to say hello, and were so warmed by those whose faces we are coming to recognize from years' past. We were encouraged in what we're doing in the pages of the magazine, and inspired with new ideas, dreams and plans. Thanks to all the beautiful faces who stopped by to say hello! (And in case you're wondering, our new Taproot tote bags are just now in the shop, and the Feminism is Freedom shirt is by Phoebe Wahl, coming to her shop later this fall.)
Every year of the fair is reassuringly familiar and yet just a little different from the last, especially as our family ages. This year, the rest of my family made the journey to join me for one day. Steve arrived at the fair with five children, and left with just two! The other three having met up with friends at the fair and arranged spur-of-the-moment sleepovers for the return. At the end of that day, I felt a little teary (such a surprise, yes?) thinking about the community here. A place where it is safe for children to be themselves, for them to experience a bit of freedom, and to find like minded folk at every turn. And where there is so much for all of us to learn no matter our age or skill, and and so very many opportunities for real and true connection. It's a special place, this fair. And as I pack up today and happily head home to my family and my frosty autumn garden I'll be thinking, with much gratitude, of all the beautiful faces and warm hearts I encountered this weekend. It's just the very thing I'm so happy to carry with me into the quieter, cozier season ahead.
Friends, I wish you a wonderful start to your week!