Harvest Time in Michigan!

A time for helping each other and remembering who we really are and what life is all about. When different lives come together.

This holiday weekend, with the end of summer nearing, I observed families, friends, teens and children together in this time of uncertainty, and it was great to see them enjoying themselves.

We live our lives in different worlds and at this year’s Harvest Festival we were all in one place in a small rural community in Northern Michigan. A town that cares, one of many such towns all over America. God Bless America!

For a brief moment in time this community came together for the “Harvest Festival” we need more moments like this.  It rained a little but no one noticed, everyone determined to have fun!

We came together in one place to see the parade, play at the carnival, watch the games, remember our troops, see the vintage automobiles, laugh at the Clown and watch with delight children picking up candy thrown from the procession. The expression on those kids simply “Kodak moments”.

We shared our stories and our food, we witnessed families and friends come together and we were as one.  A community of people from different places together determined to have a good time rain or shine, poor or rich, the young and the old. Some who had not spoken for years coming together over old photographs that told stories of other times.

It was Harvest Festival and I saw the children of the unemployed and the employed, blissfully playing with friends having a good time, without a care. Ah, we can all remember those days in our own lives!

I didn’t see a laptop computer, I heard only a few inevitable cell phones ring, alas a sign of the times, and there were no video games in sight.

Only dirty faces and hands, smiley faces and kids happy, playing games with bat and ball and getting dirtier by the moment playing in the sand.

Knowing tomorrow each of us go back to uncertain futures, uncertain times, children teach us that the really good times are made from friendships and not moneyships.

Children teach us that happiness comes from the friends we make, the toys we share and who we are and not what we have or who we know.  “Clothes do not maketh the man” that’s for sure. I saw much fortitude and passion and desire and hope.

It had been a great Harvest Festival this year… it didn’t matter that it rained we were with friends and it felt good.




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Posted on September 7, 2010, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This was such a wonderful post. It was almost like being there! thank you!

    • Thanks Katherine! I love people watching and had the chance to do that in my walk about, sit and listen and breathe in the jazz group, the horse pull,the smell of burgers and simply listen.

  2. A great pos as ALWAYS! Thanks for sharing your observations. I too was away for the Labor Day weekend, and was a Social Media free weekend. It felt good. What ever did we do with ourselves before Cell phones and computers,????????????????
    Your friend,
    Shennee Rutt

    • Thanks Shennee, We have wonderful friends here in Michigan and I wanted to reflect on the great town they live in. It was so touching to see so many people coming together in that community. A microcosm of America.
      It took me back to simpler times in my own life, and it was fun to watch the train come in, the pony rides, the jingle jangle of the fair and see so many little kids at the fair enjoying “simpler”things. Trust you are well.

  3. As always, your perspective is enlightening. For me, our annual Labor Day “coming together” is an opportunity to ensure that our large family and special friends stay in touch. That the cousins and their children get to know each other. It’s a family reunion without the organization! My goal is to make everyone feel welcome and accepted.

    • Thanks Linda, I believe that the wider community in which you live shows a real concern for each other. Something I do not sense in other communities. It was a pleasure to see what your community achieves, which others would do well to replicate.

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