“A tradition-or moment to remember-need not be spectacular in order to be impressive.”
I have these images in my mind from the summer carnivals I went to as I was growing up.
I remember the excitement as the carnival would pull into town and start setting up.
I remember the lights, the sounds, and the rides. When I was young it all seemed so magical. Especially after dark.
Last weekend we took my kids to the same carnival I attended in my youth. It was crowded, rickety, and filled with hormonal teenagers. Especially after dark.
But for my kids. It was magic.
And so next summer you will find us there one night hanging with the carnies, eating unsanitary treats, and riding squeaky old rides.
We’ll have to go. It’s a childhood tradition. And besides, it’s magic.
“As a homemaker, establish traditions in your own family. Don’t impose them–they must be spontaneous–but do encourage and preserve them. Perhaps there are traditions from your childhood you would like to have perpetuated in your own family, or maybe you can originate some yourself or adopt ideas from others. As an artist in homemaking, these traditions will add color and depth to the great picture you are painting.”
-Daryl Hoole 1967
(Don’t let her name deceive you—Daryl was a woman—and a wicked awesome home maker.)
Do you have any traditions that you know are weird or out dated but that you just can’t leave out of the “great picture you are painting”?