At 11 o’clock at night when I am taking down my tent in the dark, at least one of my children is having a meltdown of epic proportions and you see me trudging back up to the South Gate at the top of the Edmonton Folk Festival hill with all of our day’s paraphernelia, you may wonder to yourself, why does she DO this?
I was quite late to the Folk Fest game for an Edmontonian. I did not discover the amazing joy of this weekend until my early 30′s. And then I was HOOKED! The music, the hill, the LOVE and yes, the beer tent. It’s all just so good.
It is not an event that Natural Urban Dad enjoys (he likes to call it the Hippy-Gypsy festival and likes toilets that flush way too much to even step on the hill), but it is something that I love and that I wanted my children to love.
Because yesterday, we were sitting in front of a group of twenty-somethings at Stage 6 and one of them started helping L make a grass tower. He told me how he took his first steps on this particular hill and has been coming ever since, first with his family and now with his friends.
So don’t look at me trudging up the hill and think, why not just leave the kids at home? Think WOW, what incredible memories and life experiences and MUSIC that mom is sharing with her babies! Expereinces that one day they will share with their own babies, or with someone else’s little one building a grass castle on the hill!
Feeling the hippy-gypsy love of Folk Fest!
This is my Day 11 post for the Summer Blog Challenge. I say it counts because I totally wrote it all in my head last night.
Check out the other posts from these fine folks too!
Zita at The Dulock Diaries.
Meaghan at MagzD Life
April at This Mom’s Got Something to Say
Aramelle at One Wheeler’s World
Jessica at 2plus2X2
and Liam at In the Now