39 Days of Rules

Okay so the title is a stretch, and this is probably a mild overreaction on my part, but I was recently alerted to the new "festival etiquette" for our local 39 Days of July summer festival and I am so disappointed. And I am not alone. An opinion piece posted by the Cowichan Valley Citizen has many parents disappointed and in fear of attending because of the potential judgement of their young child’s behaviour.

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree at Primary School?

The other day I overheard a conversation from a group of primary school aged girls, sitting cross-legged in a circle in the shade waiting for their parents to arrive. It went something like this: “So and so likes so and so but I like him and he has 10 girls that like him, so I hope he chooses me…” and then she went off to list the possible girlfriend candidates. Lucky dude.

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Appreciating Your Village

I have learned, developed, and appreciated so many things from all of the men and woman who were part of the tribe who raised me. I have learned to sew, to appreciate art, to dance with my husband in the kitchen, to bake, to ride a horse, drive a boat, to laugh whole heartedly, and to meditate to name a few. I have watched them juggle careers and kids, to go to school while raising a family, to deal with loss, and to show love in so many forms.

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