Just last week a 4-year-old boy outlined to Miss Ruth his plans for Family Farm Day this coming Saturday — he said he was going to ride the tractor first and then go see the animals. And would there be cotton candy?
The fact that he had formulated this plan made me think of how important it is to have traditions that a community celebrates year after year. This child was only 3 when he came to his first Family Farm Day — and it is clear that he is looking forward to his second experience with anticipation. Traditions and rituals that are familiar help us to feel like we belong because we know what to expect. And this 4-year-old can feel like an expert, participating a second time in a familiar and fun experience.
By the way, Family Farm Day is free and open to all — 10AM to noon on Saturday, October 24th, at our playground, 7 Clematis Road in Lexington. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, child-sized tractor rides and refreshments for a small fee. But, no cotton candy!