Community is defined as a unified body of individuals with common interests or an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location. That definition could not be more true of those supporting and living a clothes free life.
Yesterday we had the opportunity to participate in our first block party at Turtle Lake Resort in Union City, Michigan. Like your typical block party, it was complete with traffic cones to block traffic, a DJ and food. Food is actually a pretty generic term. There were approximately 9 tables lined up covered with all the dishes and desserts your heart could desire. As unique and different the people, so was the food.
This has been going on for over 10 years on the Labor Day weekend. We were told yesterday that each year it continues to get larger. We took our place towards the end of a VERY long line when it was time to eat. Our first thought was, there isn’t going to be any food by the time we get up there. Boy were we wrong. There was plenty of food for us and all the additional people that continued to show up behind us. To be honest, we don’t have a count of how many participated in this block party but a conservative guess would be 125-150.
Now back to the definition. An interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location. That is what yesterday was, a group of different people in the street having a good time. How different could we get? We were white, black and brown. We were tanned and fair skinned. We were thin and heavy. We were young and old. We were urban and rural. But the irony is, only in retrospect do you realize the differences. For at that time and place we were the same……….human.
Phil & Lynn