Mansfield has become a bit of a home away from home for us. Set in the foot of the high country, surrounded by mountain trails, this friendly country town is an easy two and a half hour trip from home. And we’ve driven it many times over the past couple of years.
Early last year our daughter started doing some volunteer work at a trail riding company as part of her extended schooling. I wrote about it here. It’s turned into an ongoing commitment that she loves. She now works up there two days each week and has found a new group she loves, forged new friendships and feels a part of the community.
So it seems fitting that this photo theme of “group” should be in Mansfield when we visited a few years ago. Our kids were much younger then and we stopped for the morning to enjoy the colorful street parade that was part of the weekend festival.
Music and laughter, a burst of color and so many different groups of people from various parts of the community. All came out in their droves to join the street parade.
There were bands playing, families (both locals and visitors) mingling and a tangible vibe of fun. Even though each group marching was separate there was an undeniable sense of pulling together for a common cause.
Nothing beats the feeling of being part of a community group. Even better when there’s a parade to celebrate it. And a common goal. Hometown festivals are a special thing.
And here’s my family, complete with Harry the dog, watching on the sidelines, the group that I love most in my life. I feel incredibly blessed.
When we all pull together we’re no longer on our own but we become part of something bigger, a group with shared interests and genuine friendship. Just like this street parade.
And just like our blogging community. That’s what I love most, this sea of energy that we’re all a part of, a virtual group of friendship, support and belonging.
I wish you happiness and peace and hope that you all feel connected to something greater than yourself. That you feel a part of this group too.