When the news reporter for Moscow TV asked me what was different about the agricultural fair in Yaroslavl and any I had seen in Canada, I answered with one word, “Fun!” The Zucchini dressed for dinner says it all. On the fair grounds the exhibits were marked by a communal celebration of harvest and abundance. A celebration of fun in farming. The women chopping cole-slaw with modified axes in a feed trough was visually the best!
All of this would be cute, however, when I paused to think of how treatment for addiction has laid the foundation for recovery with the restoration of laughter (fun) to the lives of each one disconnected from family, friends and the familiar. I was reminded quickly of the cubicle efficiency of bee-hives in the lower mainland of British Columbia when I turned around and saw these most pleasing residences for bees. Maybe the diseases of our bee population could be reduced by more fun in the construction of their residences. No it is not the most efficient, but it is way more fun!
The donkey cut-out covered with split potatoes was more than an eye opener. This was a donkey covered with equally sized and spaced potatoes. Oh how I wish nature would yield equally sized spuds!!
Then in the harvested onion crops, clean and shinning red, white and yellow onions. I was wondering why ours never came out that clean and neat! Clearly we need more fun!!
In the patch of ground cabbages fit for a king! A celebration of more than crops. A celebration of all-right righteous living in recovery.
A world of wonder is waiting!