There is real humanity in the potluck picnic.  Or rather, a humanity that is real: personal, physical, unmediated.

Yesterday, after our annual, end-of-the-year elementary public school music program, the families of students in the the mixed-age (K-6) classroom (which our children have attended for the past three years) gathered for the annual picnic.

The school is two blocks away from a large beautiful public park and so we all just walk on over and set up potluck and the kids go play: tag, red rover, stream exploration, you name it the kids are off being kids and having fun.  Plus the weather couldn’t have been nicer.  It started about 6:30 and families stayed as late as 9:30 pm.

That is life lived well.  Adults talking and sharing life stories and kids playing, running, jumping, yelling, dancing.

Why is this not a constant?  Isn’t this nearly a perfect mode of human living?


photo credit: strikeael’s photostream

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Douglas Storm is a host and producer for Interchange on Bloomington, Indiana's community radio station WFHB. "Why then do you try to 'enlarge' your mind? Subtilize it..."

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  1. focus May 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    nice one. Sounds like a lovely afternoon. Those unscripted experiences linger in your thoughts. It is simple enjoyment of the basics–food, company, conversation, play. What more do we need for happiness?

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