Last Saturday I braved the cold (by Vancouver standards) weather and headed to the BirthFest event (that I had been talking about here non-stop). It was on Commercial Drive, in a much hipper neighbourhood than the one I call home. I had to stop off to pick up the best chocolate truffles ever from a little shop and soak up the urban ambiance. And then I was off to see the birth and babies crowd.
It was my first time to BirthFest, and I did feel that I was among my people. I ran into lots of folks that I knew already, and met a fabulous online friend for the first time. I did not, sadly, win the door prize. I did, however, groove to the tunes and enjoy some time to finish conversations with other adults without constant kid-related interruptions.
Here’s what it looked like:
Door prize I didn’t win
She’s PooPooPants on Etsy
Cici art factory
My Twitter buddy Janet of Muggabug
It feels kind of cool to walk into a space and feel as if you’re among friends. It struck me, while I was there, that in many ways I would be much more at home in that neighbourhood than in my own suburban enclave. Although I suppose that any place is what you make of it. At least I can visit for a day, soak up the alternative vibe, and hang out with some truly cool mamas who are doing their Thing.
What about you? Do you feel at home in your neighbourhood, or do you think that another setting would be a better fit for you? And how do you define a good fit, anyway? I’d love to hear your thoughts!