This past weekend was the fifth grade play, and we have a fifth grader in the On Pasture family. Almost the entire grade is part of the play, with only a few kids not signing up. When play tryouts came around, our fifth grader decided to be part of the crew. He helped build sets and he made sure the scenery and the props were appropriate for each scene.
The play this year was Lion King, Jr, and it was really impressive. The kids and teachers and parents putting on the play were superstars. The costumes were fun and imaginative, and the scenery was bold and creative, with ramps and tiers, and a giant talking Mufasa head. Watching the play was a hoot and a half. Making it even more fun was watching it next to the littlest On Pasture, who sang along, and did the hand motions to mirror the actors on stage.
Before the play and during intermission, parents sold concessions to raise money for next year’s play. Cookies, brownies, lemon bars galore! Other parents sold flowers to send messages to play participants. Each kid had a vase with her or his name on it set out on tables set up in the lobby, and for a dollar, you could buy a flower, add a message, and drop it in a kid’s vase. Kids, parents, grandparents, and family members got into the act. The younger On Pasture kids opened up their piggy banks to count out coins to buy their brother and his friends some congratulatory blooms.
Each showing of the play, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday matinee, was full of excited family and friends, there to cheer on their kids and their friends and friends’ kids. The community came together for the play, to help it happen – and happen again next year, and the year after that. The feeling of good will was practically something you could touch.
After Sunday’s matinee, our crew member expressed a little relief that the play was over. It had taken up afternoons and weekends, and was a lot of work. But there was a fair bit of poignancy mixed in. It had taken a lot of time to participate, but the play had been a project that everyone worked on together. That process was wonderful and meant a lot to everyone who participated. Getting to be part of something larger than ourselves was part of the joy of the event.
You are probably part of something larger than yourself. Your family, your farm, your church, your school (or your kid’s school), are all places where you work with other people to make the world a better place.
If you are reading this, you are a part of the On Pasture community. We are glad to have you. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you!
If you want to be even more a part of On Pasture, please support us. Head over to our support page to see how. And hey – with support of $50 and more, we’ll send you a gift! You’ll get a copy of Shannon Hayes’ book Long Way On A Little.