I’m excited to be a part of author Pavarti K. Tyler’s Celebrating Community Blog Hop. From August 16 to August 19, participants in the Hop will be writing about friendship, family, happiness, togetherness, and (my favorite topic, obviously) food. Want to see who else is participating? Click on the banner at the top!
Today, we’re all writing about our favorite family or community picture, and the story behind it.
First things first: Life got in the way yesterday, and I didn’t get around to writing about what community means to me, which was the topic for the 17th. I want to answer that first, since it directly relates to why I chose the picture I did for today’s post.
Community is one of those malleable terms that means a completely different thing depending on who you ask. For some, it means togetherness. For others, family. Yet others picture their neighbors, or their neighborhood. Or Habitat for Humanity volunteers building homes.
For me, community means comfort.
No, not physical comfort, but mental comfort. When you’re within a community, you’re at ease to be yourself–or you should be. Those in your community should accept you, whole and unchanged, without expectation of being anything different. When you’re in a true community, you’re free.
The first time I really experienced this kind of freedom was in high school (I know, right?! Isn’t high school supposed to be filled with angst and peer pressure?). This is also why, even though it is impossible for me to pick out a single picture to call my favorite, this is definitely one of the ones that makes the list:
Pictured, from left to right: Julie, Priscilla, Rosa María, me. Hanging from the roof beam: Marcos. In extreme closeup: Ju Il.
These five people were my best friends in high school. Rose, Priscilla, Julie, and I still keep in touch. I love this picture because it encompasses everything that is high school–the bad hair (just look at me), the poor wardrobe choices (two of us wearing overalls?), the overconfidence (the roof beam, Marcus? Really?). It also captures every single one of our personalities, most particularly mine (bossy, much?).
I remember this day very clearly, just like I remember many other days like it. Happy times. Sure, the pressures of high school were still there (particularly for a group like mine, which was comprised most decidedly of rather nerdy individuals), but, overall, it was easy like Sunday morning. They were my community. And, with them, I was free to be me.
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