Yesterday we made our annual visit to the Leesburg, Virginia Flower and Garden Festival. It was a bright spring day, a little chill but wonderful nonetheless. This a two day event. The little city closes Market and King Streets in the center of town around the old courthouse. No vehicles are allowed. Vendors and food stalls fill the streets and musical groups entertain from the courthouse porch.
It is a grand occasion. People sit with their children on the courthouse lawn to listen. The bronze soldier who has guarded the city since 1908 towers above them.
I bought a birdhouse from a man from Pennsylvania who has sold me birdhouses of his making before. He reminded me quite specifically that there is a responsibility to continue to speak publicly.
I'm back. pl